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Pacific Youth Symphony

Since 1965 the Pacific Youth Symphony (previously known as Central Valley Youth Symphony) 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, the orchestra 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. Pacific Youth Symphony features two orchestras where students receive expert coaching from Music Director Thomas Derthick and Preparatory Orchestra Conductor Shane Kalbach. Faculty and students from Pacific's Conservatory of Music also assist throughout the season.


Auditions for new members are held annually in May and August. Spring 2020 registration and audition information is coming soon. 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 Youth Symphony 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.

Students interested in joining Pacific Youth Symphony between September 1 and February 1 can call 209-946-2897 or e-mail us at to schedule an audition appointment.

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