At the Sacramento Youth Symphony our goal is to educate and advance the musical skills of youth, throughout the entire Sacramento Valley community, in ways that engage, challenge, and inspire them to reach their highest potential. We achieve this by offering several levels of string, wind, and orchestral ensembles, allowing us to accommodate intermediate and advanced players as well as less seasoned youth musicians with at least one year of experience.
As Sacramento Youth Symphony members, students learn from our talented music educators and conductors, gain exposure to music history and theory, and perform challenging orchestral works in several exciting concerts every year. They may also have the opportunity to tour locally or internationally, depending on their ensemble.
Our music programs are designed to bridge music and academic subjects, and teach orchestra ethics and appropriate social behavior. In doing so, students gain self-esteem, self-expression, discipline, and a sense of teamwork. Participating in the Sacramento Youth Symphony also provides students with the equivalent of a full-body workout for their brains!! As demonstrated in research by neuroscientists, playing music simultaneously engages every area of the brain, contributing to higher levels of problem-solving, executive function/planning/strategizing, and memory.