Susan Stein
Director of Youth Orchestras
Conductor of San José based preparatory and intermediate string orchestras.

Anthony Quartuccio
Conductor of Senior Youth Orchestra

Cynthia Baehr
Conductor of Santa Cruz Chamber Strings

Teresa Orozco
Conductor of Masterflutes

The mission of the San José Youth Chamber Orchestras is to equip young musicians with the abilities needed for excellent performance, as well as to inspire a love for music and the development of life skills such as teamwork and discipline. The five youth chamber orchestra groups are the recipients of coaching and mentoring by the professional artists of the Chamber Orchestra, as well as guidance by their wonderful conductors.

Weekly rehearsals culminate in several concerts per year, as well as invitations to special events, such as performances for Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph’s Season of Hope, and at local hospitals and senior centers. Masterclasses, field trips and the occasional senior orchestra tour round out the year's activities.Each season is concluded by a Side-by-Side Concert, with members of the Senior Youth Orchestra performing alongside members of the San José Chamber Orchestra.

Preparatory String Orchestra
Designed to be the first orchestral experience for young string students. Focus is on ensemble technique and exploration of chamber orchestra repertoire. This group presents three concerts during the season, with opportunities for additional performances and field trips.

Intermediate String Orchestra
Students in the intermediate orchestra begin to develop more advanced technique. Musical selections are more advanced than for the preparatory orchestra. This group performs three concerts during the season and enjoys extra public service performances, field trips and masterclasses.

Senior Orchestra
Our advanced performing ensemble, in which young musicians participate in at least four concerts per year, undertake advanced repertoire, work with a composer on a new work written for them each year, perform in a side-by-side performance with the professional San José Chamber Orchestra, and embark on a play/study tour to New York City or another destination once every few years.

Santa Cruz Chamber Strings
A multi-level string ensemble based in Santa Cruz, with repertoire and configuration determined each year based on level of participants. Concerts, trips and music-related experiences provide a fun and productive learning environment.

The latest in the SJYCO family of ensembles, this flute choir perfects their ensemble skills while enjoying repertoire written or arranged for flutes only.

Download the Youth Orchestra Audition Applications here:
Strings Application PDF
Flute Application PDF