Register Now for the 2014-15 Season!


Registration is now open for the new season – please register online before the first rehearsal

The Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony invites musicians under the age of 20 to audition for our exciting new season.  Please go to our Auditions page for details.

In Memory of Our Founder – Norman Masonson (died August 2014)

Mr. Masonson founded the Youth Symphony after a successful summer camp in June, 1965, and served as its Music Director until 1974. Read his letter to our Board president which he wrote last May.

Norman Masonson – Founder of SCCYS in 1966

Who We Are

We are the only pre-professional youth symphony in the Santa Cruz County.  Our mission is to foster a life-long appreciation for classical orchestral music in the youth of Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on the beauty and value of the experience playing and performing this music.


A Few Notes About Us



Check out our t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and concert recordings!


SCCYS & kMozart

SCCYS Supports In-School Music Education

In partnership with the League of American Orchestras, we commit to:

• Understanding the status of in-school music education and advocating for accurate data and accountability about how much and what kind of music instruction students receive.

• Discovering, implementing, and sharing best practices in advocacy for comprehensive, high-quality in-school music education through sustainable partnerships with all advocates in the community.

• Understanding how orchestra resources and strengths can best address student, school, and community needs.

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Thank You

A special thanks to Kim Bui, Kenny Nguyen, Kimbinh Nguyen, Ash Rihal and San Jose State University for their dedication and hard work put into the creation of this site.