Omid Zoufonoun, Youth Orchestra Director

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra is recognized as an outstanding Bay Area music program receiving numerous awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. The Youth Orchestra presents several classical and youth outreach concerts each season.OYO14-627

Consisting of nearly 90 talented music students (aged 12 to 22 years) from 46 schools and more than 30 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Youth Orchestra is open by audition to all qualified young people from Bay Area schools. No musician is excluded for reasons of financial need.

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra maintains a commitment to cultural exchange through international tours every three years. Touring destinations have included many countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior tours have also given students the opportunity to visit and perform in the Caribbean Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, Australia and New Zealand.



Membership in the Oakland Youth Orchestra is open to highly qualified players of orchestral instruments from Bay Area schools through the annual audition process.
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2020-21 Season Program

Fall Set: Virtual Chamber Music Program and Online Coaching

The first set will run from September 13 to November 8, 2020 and will be an online program. Enrolled musicians will be placed in small virtual ensembles that will rehearse together online and will culminate in chamber music virtual performances. In addition to coaching by our regular staff sectional coaches, this set will also include a masterclass for each of the three major orchestra sections (Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass). 

Winter Set: Live Chamber Music Program and Masterclasses

The second set will run from November 15, 2020 to February 21, 2021. If allowable per Alameda County and State guidelines, OSYO will transition to live coaching, live rehearsals, and eventually a live concert in a large indoor space with social distancing and the live concert broadcast across the Oakland Symphony platforms.  

Spring Set: Full Orchestra Rehearsals and Concert

The third set will run from February 28 to May 16, 2021 and is currently planned to include in-person rehearsals and live concert should Alameda County restrictions allow. Youth Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 either with a live social distanced audience or live broadcast across the Oakland Symphony platforms.