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Central Valley Youth Symphony

Since 1965 the Central Valley Youth Symphony (CVYS) has provided young people ages 8-22 in San Joaquin and surrounding counties with the opportunity to play great symphonic music while making new friends!  Weekly rehearsals on the beautiful campus at the University of the Pacific prepare our student musicians for 3 - 4 concerts each year in Stockton, Tracy and Lodi.  CVYS features two orchestras where students in both groups receive expert coaching from Music Director Thomas Derthick and Preparatory Orchestra Conductor Shane Kalbach.  Faculty and students from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music also assist throughout the season.  Beginning in the fall of 2018, CVYS will be under the leadership of the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music.

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To apply:

  1. Complete and print the REGISTRATION FORM.
  2. Pay the APPLICABLE FEE online
  3. Sign up for an AUDITION TIME.

Auditions for new members are held annually in May and August.   

Returning students only need to participate in the August auditions for reseating.    Returning Preparatory Orchestra students wishing to audition to move up to the Symphony Orchestra may sign up for either the May or August auditions.  

Students interested in joining CVYS between September 1st and February 1st can call 1-209-946-CVYS or e-mail us at to schedule an audition appointment.

All students (including current CVYS members) must first audition for Mr. Kalbach conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra.  Students that potentially qualify for the Symphony Orchestra will be called back to audition for Mr. Derthick.  

Click here to view Preparatory Orchestra requirements.
Click here to view Symphony Orchestra requirements.