Founded in 2001, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier youth orchestras in Southern California. Founders Rocky and Sarah Lee envisioned an environment where the orchestra strives for musical excellence and the development of poise and confidence in each individual musician through the joy of music making. The SCYSO provides a distinguished orchestral experience designed to motivate and enhance musical talent and cultivate musical growth through the rehearsal and performance of renowned orchestral repertoire.
The SCYSO is well respected and supported by local music teachers and public school directors. The orchestra further distinguishes itself by being the only ensemble with four separate rehearsal locations, enabling the SCYSO to attract and accommodate the most talented musicians in various Southland communities. The orchestras rehearse weekly in Mission Viejo, Chino Hills / Pomona, Cerritos and Rosemead, and combine monthly for workshops. The SCYSO has represented California on four international concert tours performing in Czech Republic and Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009 and England, Ireland & Wales in 2011, performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff & London. The orchestra is planning its fifth concert tour, traveling to France & Germany in the summer of 2013.
Mission Viejo · Pomona · Cerritos
2014 – 15 Season

Audition Dates:

Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

La Paz Intermediate School, Music Room #31

25151 Pradera Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Garey High School, Band & Orchestra Room

321 West Lexington Ave., Pomona, CA 91766

Please call (626) 272-8207 to schedule an audition time

Audition Requirements:

Strings, Woodwinds & Brass

2-3 octave Major and Minor Scale (mm=100)

Perform a movement from a concerto or solo work

Percussion

Demonstrate Basic Rudiments

*Musicians will also be required to sight-read

Prerequisites and Special Requirements:

Previous training on your instrument and an audition with the orchestra conductors. Enrollment in school instrumental music program is encouraged if one is available. Membership in the SCYSO is not intended to replace such participation.

Tuition & Fees Policy:

Tuition is $250/semester along with a $35/semester music fee. Tuition includes all rehearsals, workshops and performances. The music fee (due at the first rehearsal) covers the cost associated with purchasing/renting music for each semester.

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SCYSO 2014 – 15 Season Schedule & Registration Forms




  • Schedule - Fall
    Free Summer Community Outreach Workshops
    SCYSO counts down to its 14th season with 3 pre-season workshops.
    Open to all perspective and returning musicians.

    August 30, Saturday Workshop #1 @ La Paz Intermediate School , Mission Viejo
    September 6, Saturday Workshop #2 @ La Paz Intermediate School, Mission Viejo
    September 13, Saturday Workshop #3 @ La Paz Intermediate School, Mission Viejo

    Auditions: September 13 & 14, 2014
    Season Schedule & Registration Forms: PDFs are available on the Registration and Audition page.

    Fall Semester Workshops
    September 20, Saturday Workshop #1 @ La Paz Intermediate School , Mission Viejo
    October 25, Saturday Workshop #2 @ La Paz Intermediate School, Mission Viejo
    November 22, Saturday Workshop #3 @ La Paz Intermediate School, Mission Viejo
    December 20, Saturday Workshop #4 @ La Paz Intermediate School , Mission Viejo
    January 10, Saturday Workshop #5 @ La Paz Intermediate School , Mission Viejo

    SCYSO 14th Season Opening Concert
    Saturday, January 17, 2015 7pm
    Cypress College Campus Theater
    9200 Valley View Street
    Cypress , CA 90630
Founded in 2001, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra is recognized as a premier youth orchestra in Southern California. Founders Rocky and Sarah Lee envisioned an environment where the orchestra strives for musical excellence and the development of poise
and confidence in each musician through the joy of music making. The SCYSO provides a distinguished orchestral experience designed to motivate and enhance musical talent and cultivate individual growth through the rehearsal and performance of renowned orchestral repertoire while offering unparalleled musical training and professional performance opportunities to musicians of all abilities.
SCYSO Artistic Director & Principal Conductor
Maestro Rocky Lee, is a graduate of Chapman University, where he studied conducting with Maestro John Koshak and violin performance with Mischa Lefkowitz. With two decades of teaching experience, he has become one of the most respected music educators in Southern California. His revolutionary approach to music education has made classical music enjoyable and simple to grasp for young musicians.

As a conductor, he has received accolades in the United States and abroad. Under his leadership, the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra performed a SCYSO exclusive concert to a full house at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2012 and in 2014 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Internationally he has led the SCYSO, representing the United States on five international concert tours performing in Czech Republic & Austria in 2005, Italy in 2007, Spain in 2009, England, Ireland & Wales in 2011 and France & Germany in 2013. One review from the South Wales Evening Post had this to say about the orchestra: “A captivating performance, thoroughly deserving the standing ovation they were given at the end.” The orchestras were received with great applause performing in the magnificent cities of Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Florence, Venice, Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, Dublin, Cardiff, London, Paris, Heidelberg and Munich. The orchestra will embark on its 6th international concert tour to Greece in 2015.

His work in conducting and education has earned him recognition from the European Cultural Initiative for the Young Generation, presented to him by Dr. Jutta Unkart-Seifert. Together with his staff of selected professional musicians, his orchestras create an environment where young musicians are challenged and encouraged to develop and refine their musical abilities. Maestro Lee inspires the musicians to achieve their highest potential from every stage of their musical development. These attributes are recognized by the enthusiasm expressed by the orchestras he conducts.
The SCYSO is a community supported organization. Your contributions are greatly needed to help sustain this program. The orchestra is committed to bringing the highest quality music education to the young musicians of Southern California. Student tuition fees provide only part of the operating costs of the orchestra. The balance is needed from the generous donations of organizations and individuals that join us in this effort to ensure the future of music education for our talented young musicians. Sincere gratitude is expressed to the following patrons who generously contributed to the SCYSO:

$ 2000+Marquee
1000+Spotlight
500+Concertmaster
250+Principal Chair
100+Supporter
50+Associate
10+Friend
Greece Greece SCYSO Concert Tour 2015
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SCYSO Concert Tour 2015
Greece
August 3-11, 2015

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