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Orange County Youth Symphony

Orange County Youth Symphony

Grades 6-12

Established in 1970 as the area's first honors youth orchestra, the Philharmonic Society's Orange County Youth Symphony (OCYS) is a diverse group of young musicians representing more than 50 schools, grades 6-12 in the Southern California area. Members have the opportunity to perform at world-class venues, participate in musical workshops with Philharmonic Society guest artists and experience professional concerts with complimentary tickets to Philharmonic Society concerts.

Musicians of the Orange County Youth Symphony and String Ensemble have the opportunity to:

•   Perform concerts at world-class venues such as the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Musco Center for the Arts, and Soka Performing Arts Center.
•   Participate in musical growth and maturity through innovative workshop/clinic interactions with Philharmonic Society guest artists (both virtually and in-person).
•   Experience professional concerts with complimentary ticket access to Philharmonic Society concerts.
•   Engage in a Leadership Council that helps to make decision around programming, community engagement, fundraising, etc.

For more information about the Orange County Youth Symphony, visit

Auditions for the 2022-23 season are closed! OCYS and OCYSE results have been emailed to all applicants. 

Limited openings available: French horn, Trombone, Double bass
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