San Diego Youth Chamber Orchestra Gets Ready to Rock

The San Diego Youth Chamber Orchestra is Music to Our Ears

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

San Diego is known for our rich culture and events, and February doesn't disappoint. Bringing tremendous talent and skill to SD, the San Diego Youth Chamber Orchestra will make its way to the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla on February 26th of this year. 

Comprised of top–notch expert musicians (ranging from 9th grade and up), the Chamber Orchestra belongs to the Ovation Program of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS). All participating musicians in this program are in the most advanced practice of their art, a step below professionalism. The addition of both string orchestra and full chamber orchestra to highly–advanced pieces will exemplify the talent these youthful musicians possess. Guests can expect masterpieces ranging from Mozart to Kabalevsky, as well as a violin solo from Vieuxtemps. They will be under the direction of Jeff Edmons, who acts as both director and conductor and is one of the original directors of the organization.

The orchestra featured trains with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS), an organization encouraging and instructing musicians since 1945. With both diversity and community–based outreaches, the SDYS has earned a reputation as a leading music program in the region. Participants are likely to travel and experience competition outside of what they normally would be exposed to in their own communities. Ranging in the types of orchestras, classes and programs students can take advantage of, the music directors on staff are knowledgeable and at the top of their field. Students range from ages 8 to 23 and all skills levels. The organization provides four program levels (Debut Classes, Inspiration Program, Showcase Program and Ovation Program) to fine–tune individual talent and strengths, as well as performing with peers in ensembles. 

The orchestra is home to some of the most talented pre–professional young musicians of the region, yet one of the members featured in the ensemble is not a permanent addition.

Ning Feng, the violin soloist to be featured in the program, originates from China and is renowned for his mastering of the violin and the emotion he effortlessly conveys. Feng is internationally known and thus brings a wider scope to the SDYS Orchestra. If you’ve never heard of Ning Feng, he is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the International Paganini Competition won in 2006. He studied at various institutes with famous musical geniuses, such as Chinese conductor Hu Kun and violinist Antje Weithaas. Participating in several other musical symphonies and orchestras this season, the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra is fortunate to feature such a talented, internationally–known violinist with their ensemble. 

The La Jolla Music Society is hosting the event along with other performances throughout the season, keeping February rich with musical talent.

To see the exhibition firsthand, the San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform on February 26th 2016 at the MCASD Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and $5 for children. Any additional information can be found on the La Jolla Music Society website.