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Youth Orchestras of Fresno


Music is life. Live big! Start young.

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Youth Orchestras of Fresno


Music is life. Live big! Start young.

Wow—what a fantastic season. We will leave this Coming Home information up just a bit longer, so we can savor the happy memories!

Meanwhile, next up is our FOOSA FESTIVAL, June 11-25! Please plan to attend all FOOSA events (all are free, even the performance of Mahler Six, Strauss Don Juan, and Joseph Bohigian's Subnatural Delights at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday June 23, at 8pm). RESERVE YOUR LOS ANGELES TICKETS IN ADVANCE NOW. THEY ARE GOING FAST. 

coming home

3 orchestras!
300 young musicians!
4 composers from RIGHT HERE IN THE VALLEY
9 symphonic dances from West Side Story by Bernstein!
1 insanely famous violin soloist! (playing 1 insanely famous concerto on 1 insanely famous violin)
1 dynamic conductor!
100s of stories from YOU
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THE BEST CONCERT/EVENT/HAPPENING EVER!

Vadim Gluzman

will play the Tchaikovsky concerto on the ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius—the instrument for which the concerto was originally written! Also on the program: Dances from West Side Story (Bernstein), and our favorite Conga del Fuego, by Marquez.

Sunday May 28, 4pm
Saroyan Theatre

$15-$20 donations at the door are hoped for from adult attendees at this free, non-ticketed event!

Be sure to visit our Coming Home Project page (también disponible en español) to submit your own stories to become part of the artistic narrative!


Welcome to our 66th season!

Regular concerts for our 2016-2017 season are December 11, February 12, May 14, and May 28. During the first semester of this amazing year we enjoyed a special event with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's YOLA orchestra on October 28. Almost immediately after that our YPO orchestra traveled north to play a joint concert with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. Fantastic! Then we had our absolutely amazing, sold-out Inspiration concert in December. Our soloist was Sphinx Competition Junior Division winner Maria Sanderson, playing the Barber violin concerto. All three orchestras performed—what an inspiring day!

Check our EVENTS PAGE for upcoming concerts.

Want to support the Youth Orchestras? LEARN ABOUT SUPPORT HERE.

Want to JOIN the Youth Orchestras? LEARN ABOUT JOINING HERE.


FOOSA 2017! OUR SUMMER ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL RUNS JUNE 11-25, 2017!

We are already accepting applications for this two-week intensive musical immersion program. We offer two levels: FOOSA Philharmonic, which is appropriate for college and post-grad students and for some exceptionally advanced pre-college students, and FOOSA Half-Day, which is appropriate for most pre-college musicians.

Our FOOSA concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles will be Friday June 23, 2017!

Learn more at foosamusic.org.

CLICK PHOTO TO LISTEN TO FOOSA PHILHARMONIC PLAYING MAHLER 2!

CLICK PHOTO TO LISTEN TO FOOSA PHILHARMONIC PLAYING MAHLER 2!


Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, 1950s

Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, 1950s

ARE YOU AN ALUM?

Alumni of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (aka Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, Fresno Junior Philharmonic, Fresno Youth Philharmonic, Junior Phil, etc.): please complete an
ALUMNI UPDATE FORM!
We yearn to hear from you!

 

 

ABOUT THE YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

The Youth Orchestras of Fresno have been a Central Valley institution since 1950, when there was a single ensemble known as the Kiwanis Youth Orchestra.

Today our three orchestras accommodate young musicians of all levels, kindergarten through college. The orchestras currently serve 260 young players from seven Central Valley counties (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare) representing a full complement of socio-economic backgrounds and ethnicities. We have an additional 65 students in our free after-school Accent on Access Violin Program. Our dynamic Music Director is Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, cellist and professor at CSU Fresno, who is known for his ability to unite through musical vision.

our 65th season was great!

Our FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy was fantastic! In fact, our whole 65th Anniversary season was incredible! To summarize: October, Cello ManiaDecember, ¡Viva Mexico!February, Love Conquers AllMay, Jump for Joy and our 65th Anniversary Celebration Concertwith 40 returning alums and all three orchestras plus Accent on Access violins performing! Thanks to all who participated and/or attended!

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Join us!


Join us!


Upcoming Concerts & Events

Hear our three orchestras in concert! All Youth Orchestras of Fresno concerts are offered free of charge, though we do hope for generous donations!

Concerts this year are October 28, December 11, February 12, May 14, and May 28. Don't miss a single one!

Click here for more information.

Auditions & Visits

 

Auditions are held in late August/early September each year. Placement is made at that time. Midyear auditions (placement as needed) are held in January.

Interested young musicians are welcome to sit in, with their instruments, at our Sunday rehearsals. Click here for more information.

Sponsors & Donations

 

There are endless great ways to support our work in the community! Make direct donations, attend concerts, support specific programs (our Accent on Access Violin Program, our Lesson Scholarship Program), buy program ads, sponsor a concert... Please click here for more information!