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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.

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

What's up next? AUDITIONS are August 19-21 and 26-28. SIGN UP NOW!

Regular concerts for our 2016-2017 season are December 11, February 12, May 14, and May 28. We also have a special event with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's YOLA orchestra on October 28--please stay tuned for LOTS more information right here as soon as we can post it all!

It's been an incredible season! we will see you at auditions in august!

Sixty-Fifth anniversary celebration concert!

In one word: amazing!

More than 300 musicians--including 40 alums--performing the Bach-Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor--the rafters were shaking! And this is not to mention the Night on Bald Mountain, Pictures at an Exhibition, and Rite of Spring that had come before. 

Thanks to everyone who was a part of this fabulous celebration!


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.

 

    Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, Fresno, 1950s

    Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, Fresno, 1950s

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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!