Music is life. Live big! Start young.
Music is life. Live big! Start young.
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Our Love Conquers All concert on February 10 was AMAZING! Thanks to tenor Scott Piper and soprano Maria Briggs for making the occasion unbelievably special. Equally amazing was our May 12 Mother’s Day concert, with YCO and YSO members playing perhaps the best we’ve ever heard them. Congratulations!
Still coming up in our amazing 2018-2019 season is our final concert, on Memorial Day weekend.
Don’t miss our Youth Music Extravaganza on Sunday May 26 (4pm, Saroyan), where this year's winner of the Indianapolis Violin Competition (Richard Lin) will play the Khachaturian concerto. Also on the program will a new work by young Mexican composer Juan-Pablo Contreras (whose work we have performed in the past). Check out the piece you’ll be hearing on May 26…it’s called Mariachitlán.
And check out this amazing Rhapsody Quilt, created by board president Dee Lacy to be raffled off at our May 26 Youth Music Extravaganza!
Raffle tickets are $20 each. You (or a surrogate) will need to be present in the hall on concert day, when the raffle takes place, to collect the quilt if you win. Get yours at today’s concert!
After that, our FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy will run June 9-23, with a series of nine free concerts offered. The concert in at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles will be Friday June 21 at 8pm. If you’re in LA then, don’t miss it!
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 50 students in our free after-school Access Violin Program. Each summer we welcome 160 students from around the Valley and around the world to our FOOSA Festival/Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy. 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.
Hear our three orchestras in concert! All Youth Orchestras of Fresno concerts, except our fundraising Love Conquers All, are offered free of charge, though we do hope for generous donations. Concerts this year are December 9, February 10, May 12, and May 26. Don't miss a single one!
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.
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...
FOOSA offers both a professional-level orchestral experience with its FOOSA Philharmonic program, designed for serious musicians of college and graduate-school age (younger musicians are also accepted), and a pre-college level program, FOOSA Half-Day. Both programs use the talents of our exceptional faculty members and benefit from the intense schedule of rehearsals, lessons, and performances.
Inspired by Venezuela's remarkable music-for-social-justice program El Sistema, our free after-school Accent on Access Violin Program has been serving elementary school students in West Fresno since 2011. We welcome all interest and support, so please learn more by visiting our Accent on Access Violin Program page.
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!
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