Yuba Sutter Youth Symphony

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About Us

The Yuba Sutter Youth Symphony (YSYS) is made up of students age twenty and younger from the greater Yuba-Sutter area and has been directed by Ted Zalkind since 2014. One of the goals of this organization is to complement, not replace, our area’s school music programs. Thus, all students participating in this group must also be a member of their school music group, unless such a group does not exist. Special circumstances are evaluated by the YSYS board.

YSYS students will be performing music for full orchestra that will be at a challenging level for all students. In order to make sure that students are at an appropriate ability level for this symphony, we hold bi-yearly auditions. YSYS rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Yuba City High School starting in September. The season will last through mid-May. A detailed schedule will be available under the "Calendar" tab on our website, www.ysys.webs.com 


The YSYS String Orchestra (YSYSSO) is a new branch of our organization which we started in  September of 2014. The YSYSSO is an orchestra for students who are new to orchestra playing and would like to gain experience playing in a classical group setting. The orchestra will rehearse from 7:00-8:00pm on Tuesday nights at Yuba City High School, and will be co-directed by Jan-Roberts Haydon and Jeff Graham. Students of any age and level are welcome, but they must possess basic sight reading skills, and must be recommended by their school or private music teacher (We strongly suggest that students be graduates of Suzuki Method Book 1, or at an equivalent level).


Attendance plays a key role in both of our organizations. Thus, it is very important that both parents and students make a commitment to all rehearsals and performances. The success of our orchestras depends on practicing together as a whole group.

All students will be asked to pay a tuition fee to help cover the costs of running YSYS. Tuition for the 2015-2016 year is $160 for YSYS and $60 for YSYS String Orchestra. Tuition will be due at the parent meeting at the beginning of the season. Students will not be allowed to attend their first rehearsal if their tuition is not paid.


We hope that you will consider joining us! The YSYS will surely provide new and exciting musical experiences and friendships for all students involved. Please review the Audition Information form if you are interested in participating, and feel free to call Helen Graham (530.300.4189) if you have additional questions.