Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Winter Concert
Date/TimeSunday, February 25 at 4:00pm
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony now serves the region by providing musical enrichment to young people through the avenues of orchestral performance and instruction in our community’s schools. There are three components to the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony Programs: the String Workshop, Junior Orchestra, and Youth Symphony.
The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is an orchestra of 65-70 young musicians from Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. These students, ages 12-18 from our regional schools, are challenged with serious pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire. Each Youth Symphony member is chosen by audition and no student is refused entry because of finances. Students rehearse weekly on Sunday evenings during the school year.
Three major concerts are given yearly. Each one features a Youth Symphony member, who by audition, performs as a concerto soloist. In addition, the Youth Symphony also gives a free Children’s Concert.
Most importantly, the Youth Symphony, through its performances and rehearsals, gives these young people a sense of accomplishment through steady musical and team effort. They learn that others rely on them to be at rehearsals, know their music, and to support one another. The Youth Symphony orchestra is a microcosm of real life, and as such, it prepares these young people well for their future roles in society.