Omid Zoufonoun, Principal Conductor

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 12-22 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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Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearses Sundays from 2 to 6 pm at Laney College in Oakland during the regular academic school year.

Bay of Hope Youth Orchestra Festival
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 3pm-5pm
Davies Symphony Hall

Youth Orchestra Winter Concert
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2pm-4pm
San Leandro High School Performing Arts Center
2250 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577

Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2pm-4pm
El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530


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