Conejo Valley Youth Orchestras Mission Statement
Reaching and Inspiring Youth through Music: To enrich the current and future lives of Conejo Valley and surrounding areas youth, of all ages, aspirations and levels, through a unique musical experience, while also developing key life skills in a setting of mutual respect, learning and fun.
History of CVYO
CVYO is dedicated to the study and performance of classical symphonic music. Founded in 1961 by Betty Bowen, at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, our mission is to inspire youth through music...
Since its inception the program has grown to three levels of orchestras and various ensembles.
Our program continues to develop and enhance the music education of local students and to provide symphonic orchestral music experience as a supplement to music education in the schools. We collaborate with like organizations such as the Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts, Los Robles Children’s Choir, Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Pacific Festival Ballet, New West Symphony and the cities of Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks, California. This collaboration is to promote performing arts for young people and present performance opportunities which are generally not available to music students in our community. Over the years, many of our students have gone on to pursue music career goals at many of the premier music schools in the country.
In addition to our long-time support from California Lutheran University, CVYO has also forged a relationship with the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village, California. WPC graciously provides its beautiful facilities to CVYO for our rehearsals and meetings. Through the generous support of WPC, we have been able to accommodate the significant growth that has occurred in the organization over the past few years.
CVYO now enrolls over 250 students within our orchestral programs. Students range in age from 5 to 21, representing communities from Ventura and Los Angeles counties. There are currently three levels available: Conejo Valley Youth Strings, Conejo Valley Preparatory Youth Orchestra and Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. Along with the orchestras, CVYO also provides opportunities with a string ensemble and a brass quintet. The orchestras and ensembles rehearse weekly from September through June.