The Symphony orchestra is the heart of our programs, and provides a seamless artistic and educational experience for our students. This ensemble builds on the hard work of our individual students to build a collaborative group success. Intermediate and advanced string, woodwind, brass and percussion players are encouraged to audition.

Musicians accepted to this orchestra will study and perform a wide range of advanced symphonic repertoire under the leadership of Nathaniel Berman. Our students also receive further orchestral training in smaller sectionals to prepare for concerts.

The Symphony was established in 1966, and remains a cornerstone of the Santa Cruz County community, and regularly plays to packed halls.

The musicians rehearse weekly, which culminates in 4-5 concerts per year. In the spring the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony combines with the Santa Cruz Symphony for outreach concerts in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.

Please see our Auditions page for further details on joining this group.