MUSE VIVO Orchestra
The after-school MUSE VIVO Orchestra is one component of Oakland Symphony’s MUSic for Excellence (MUSE) program. Aimed at 7th – 12th graders, the MUSE VIVO Orchestra is open to all students who take an audition. This weekly program is designed to serve as a continuing training ground for the string players of the orchestral experience. The string ensemble was created in 2012 to serve as a bridge between the elementary level MUSE Orchestra and higher level orchestral experiences such as the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra. The tuition-free program is fully sponsored by the Symphony and hosted by Edna Brewer Middle School and the Oakland Unified School District.
Since its inception, the MUSE VIVO ensemble engages in a special project each year which allows the students to receive a special experience above and beyond their rehearsals. This season students will experience guest conductors Michael Morgan and Omid Zoufonoun and their season culminates in a side by side performance with the Oakland Symphony. It is our hope that through this experience will help inspire VIVO students to reach for higher achievements in their music making.