Alums! Welcome! 

We are approaching a 70th anniversary celebration during our 2020-2021 season. Start making plans now for some crazy collaborative concert on Memorial Day Weekend 2021! You know we will make it worth your while to come back and perhaps join the orchestra onstage!

Meanwhile we continue to create new alums each year, reluctantly letting our seniors move on to their exciting and fulfilling lives—many of them, truly an amazing number (usually about 50 percent or more), choosing to go into music as a profession. We love to hear from all of you, whatever you may be up to now. Keep those cards and letters coming! Also (hint): updated photos. Some of these are getting a bit…shall we say…dated?

Feel free to email new photos to Thanks!


We had a great 65th anniversary season last year, and a fantastic 65th Anniversary Celebration Concert in May 2016. At least 40 of you participated in a program that included Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the Bach-Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor, and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.


Please join the YOOF Alumni Facebook page and, because (weirdly) we have both, also the YOOF Alumni Facebook GROUP, and feel free to make suggestions about what you need on this page. Just email us at

Be sure to send us your information and photos--we love to add things to this page! Click these images to see who's represented here. Scroll down for more!

Here's the program book from the 65th anniversary concert--check it out!


Pictured below are just a few of the nearly 50 alums who joined us onstage for the 60th anniversary concert in 2011. 

Alums! Feel free to submit an Alumni Update Form!

Do you know them? (click on photos to see larger images) 

 Thanks for helping us identify the people in these photos. Paul Vermel joined us here in 2011!   

Here's what went down:
A bunch of alums (more than 40!!) performed as part of the mega-orchestra playing Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique at our SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONCERT

Keep in touch, and stay tuned for news about the next such opportunity.

By the way—if you have photos from your time in the youth orchestras, we would love to see them. If you can mail us copies, or even just scan the photos and email the files, we would be incredibly grateful. Remember also to friend our YOOF Alumni Organization facebook page, and to post photos there.

You might also want to friend our regular Youth Orchestras of Fresno Facebook page. It's always active.  

Help YOOF locate alumni!

We continue our search for alumni of the variously named youth orchestras that have constituted this organization since its founding in 1950.

What you can do:
If you know of someone who was a member of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno (variously known as the Kiwanis Youth Orchestra, the Fresno Junior Philharmonic Orchestra [“Junior Phil”], and the Fresno Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, among other names)—or if you ARE that someone—let us know.

Signing up:
Alums can sign up online at our website (, filling out an alumni update form. Then plan to join us for our 65th Anniversary Gala Concert on Sunday May 29, 2016, at 4pm at the Saroyan Theatre!

Joining our Youth Orchestras of Fresno Alumni Facebook page
This is incredibly easy--just click here, then click LIKE!  


Here are some alums who have completed their forms and submitted photos. Join them!

Check out this photo! The Youth Orchestras of Fresno began as a string ensemble but by 1952 had become known as the Kiwanis Youth Orchestra. This is a photo of that orchestra taken sometime after 1952.

Photo provided courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Fresno. Photo credit: Clarence H. Heagy.

So far identified: male cellist in front ("with all the teeth showing") is James Heagy. Man in back is Malcolm Davison, Heagy's cello teacher and also  the group's conductor. Beside him is bassist Linda Hamilton. Flutist Eddie Street (wearing glasses) is directly behind the blonde cellist; next boy flutist to the right in the photo had the last name of Whitten; girl cellist (glasses) in the front is likely Paula Mazuski.

Help us identify more faces! And send more photos if you have them!