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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! Since the fall of 2018, CVYS is under the leadership of University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music.

Weekly rehearsals on the beautiful campus at University of the Pacific prepare young musicians for 3 - 4 concerts each year in Stockton, Tracy and Lodi. CVYS features two orchestras where students receive expert coaching from Music Director Thomas Derthick and Preparatory Orchestra Conductor Shane Kalbach. Faculty and students from Pacific Conservatory of Music also assist throughout the season. 

Auditions for new members are held annually in May and August. Next auditions are in spring of 2020. Please, contact us at with any questions.

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

All students (including current CVYS members) must first audition for Mr. Kalbach conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra. Students who 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.

Apply to Join Central Valley Symphony Orchestra
2. Pay the APPLICABLE FEE online

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

Please, support this long-standing local musical program and consider donating to Central Valley Youth Symphony. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.