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 was founded in 2006. One of the goals of this organization is to complement, not replace, our area’s school music programs by offering after-school rehearsal and performance opportunities.


YSYS Advanced Orchestra: Students will be performing music for full orchestra that will be at a challenging level. In order to make sure that students are at an appropriate ability level for this symphony, we hold bi-yearly auditions. YSYS will rehearse on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at River Valley High School starting September 13, 2022. The season will last through mid-May. A detailed schedule will be available under the "Calendar" tab on our website, www.ysys.webs.com 


YSYS Intermediate Orchestra; Ideal for students who are new to orchestral 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 River Valley High School, and will be directed by Jan-Roberts Haydon. 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 2022-2023 year is $300 for YSYS Advanced and $200 for YSYS Intermediate. 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.