The Youth Strings is our entry level orchestra but is not considered a beginner group. Youth Strings is designed to develop basics such as technique, listening skills, following a conductor and learning to perform with an ensemble. String players usually get their first taste of large ensemble playing here while learning to develop the necessary communication and technical skills to advance to symphonic literature. A minimum of one year of study is required to audition. The ensemble is generally home to between 60 and 80 musicians.
The Flore Ensemble is a group selected by audition from within Youth Strings. This smaller ensemble tackles a piece from standard string orchestra repertoire that is generally more challenging than the typical Youth Strings pieces. The Flore Ensemble is designed to help string players prepare for the technical requirements of symphonic repertoire.
The Preparatory Orchestra is our intermediate level group. String players are experienced in ensemble playing, and most of our wind players have some prior experience in wind ensemble or chamber music. A full symphonic orchestra, this orchestra studies standard repertoire and prepares young musicians with the ensemble and technical skills necessary to tackle the great works of symphonic literature. The Preparatory Orchestra is generally home to between 70 and 100 musicians.
The Youth Orchestra is a large symphonic orchestra, is comprised of our most advanced musicians, and is the flagship ensemble of CVYO. They perform the great works of symphonic literature (including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Sibelius, and Bruckner). The Youth Orchestra is generally home to between 80 and 100 musicians.
The CVYO Virtuosi consists primarily of the principal string, wind, brass and percussion players from the Youth Orchestra. They study a parallel program alongside the Youth Orchestra, performing major string and chamber symphony literature. This ensemble performs four full concerts per year and appears in both the January and June concerts.
Virtuosi musicians have the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists and perform in outside concert engagements such as the Dialogues Concert Series, bringing them exposure and ties to the professional industry. Musicians are invited to participate in various smaller ensembles (such as quintets) and have worked most recently with prominent artists such as James Lent (Piano Faculty, UCLA), Fred Beerstein (Oboe, New West Symphony), and Scott Oatley (Vocalist, Disney, Capitol Records.)