Profile: Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles

Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles (PSYE) is one of the largest pre-professional musical training programs in the country, nurturing and inspiring young musicians in grades 6 through 12. PSYE provides members with high-quality and innovative artistic experiences, which strive to encourage musical development, personal growth and lifelong learning through the art of classical performance.
The program comprises three performing ensembles (Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings), which are all united by the artistic vision of Pacific Symphony Music Director Carl St.Clair. Each ensemble focuses on excelling student musicianship in a nurturing environment through professional repertoire and unique performance experiences. Students enjoy clinics with Music Director St.Clair, regular coaching sessions with Pacific Symphony professional musicians, and interactions with world- renowned guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Cho-Liang Lin, Narong Prangcharoen, and many more. Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles primarily performs in the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and in various community venues across Orange County. These well-received performances are free to the public, are often sold out and touch the lives of thousands of Southern California residents.
Student membership into PSYE is determined by an annual audition process, which attracted an astonishing 600 candidates for the 2016-17 season. The 252 selected students who participate in these three Youth Ensembles represent 75 school music programs in and beyond Orange County. Many of PSYE’s graduates move on to pursue higher education, attending such notable institutions as The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, Harvard University, Brown University and many more. For more information about PSYE, please visit www.PacificSymphony.org/psye or contact our office at psye@pacificsymphony.org.

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Empires & Everything Else: PSYWE Fall Concert

Fresh from their prize-winning participation in the 2017 Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble (PSYWE) kicks off its 2017-18 season with music of the old world and the new! Revel in a wide-ranging program including works of William Byrd, Percy Grainger, John Phillip Sousa, Richard Wagner and more! The brilliant musicians of PSYWE, backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie Concert Organ, are sure to engage and inspire!
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
Learn more about PSYWE Music Director Dr. Gregory X. Whitmore here.
FERRAN: Consuelo Ciscar
WAGNER: Huldigungsmarsch
JACOB: William Byrd Suite
ALVAREZ: Suspiros de España
(Briseyda Zárate, soloist)
SOUSA: President Garfield's Inauguration March
GRAINGER: The Power of Rome in the Christian Heart
(Kristen Lawrence, organ)
WAGNER: Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral

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Stories & Myths: PSYO Fall Concert

Energized by many recent artistic achievements, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO) inaugurates its 2017-18 season with a stirring and innovative program that includes Berlioz’ thrilling Roman Carnival Overture, Journey by the young Los Angeles-based composer Austin Wintory and concludes with one of the most beloved of 20th century classics, the Firebird Suite of Igor Stravinsky.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. Seating is general admission.
To learn more about PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.
Roger Kalia, Conductor
Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra
BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
WINTORY: Journey Suite
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (1919)

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PSSS Fall Concert: Forever Young!

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings rings in its 26th season with works celebrating the artistic achievement and virtuosic energy of youth! In this concert, these talented young musicians perform prolific works by talented young composers who changed the world of music in their short lives. Enjoy an evening of youthful music masterfully performed by the youth of Santiago Strings! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for the PSSS Fall Concert: Forever Young!. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To meet Music Directors Irene Kroesen and Helen Weed, please click here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, please click here.

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Forever Young! Meet the Music Directors

Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings rings in its 26th season with works celebrating the artistic achievement and virtuosic energy of youth! In this concert, these talented young musicians perform prolific works by talented young composers who changed the world of music in their short lives. Enjoy an evening of youthful music masterfully performed by the youth of Santiago Strings! The concert opens with the Prelude Chamber Strings conducted by Helen Weed.
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for the PSSS Fall Concert: Forever Young!. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, please click here.

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Music of Now and Before: Program Notes

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble kicks off its milestone 10th anniversary season with works of old and new! Celebrate with PSYWE during Ron Nelson's “Lauds” and bask in the sound of David Maslanka's “Requiem,” both works rooted in antiquity. Look to the future in Mason Bates “Chicago, 2012” from "Alternative Energy," a collaborative work for onstage electroacoustics. The brilliant musicians of PSYWE backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie concert organ are sure to engage and inspire. This performance features a special guest conductor, Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair!
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for Music of Now and Before. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To learn more about today's Artists, please click here. 

To meet PSYWE Music Director Gregory Whitmore, please click here.

To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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Music of Now and Before: Meet The Artists

Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble kicks off its milestone 10th anniversary season with works of old and new! Celebrate with PSYWE during Ron Nelson's “Lauds” and bask in the sound of David Maslanka's “Requiem,” both works rooted in antiquity. Look to the future in Mason Bates “Chicago, 2012” from "Alternative Energy," a collaborative work for onstage electroacoustics. The brilliant musicians of PSYWE backed by the mighty William J. Gillespie concert organ are sure to engage and inspire. This performance features a special guest conductor, Pacific Symphony's Music Director Carl St.Clair!
This is Part 2 of the Program Notes for Music of Now and Before. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To meet PSYWE Music Director Gregory Whitmore, please click here.>>
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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PSYE Music Director: Gregory X. Whitmore

Gregory Xavier Whitmore is music director of Pacific Symphony Your Wind Ensemble. Learn more about this incredibly talented and inspirational musician!
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, click here.

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PSYO Fall Concert: Program Notes

Recently returned from its summer performance tour of China, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra inaugurates its 2016-17 season with charismatic works performed by Southern California’s finest young orchestral musicians. Glinka’s thrilling Overture to “Ruslan and Ludmilla” ushers in an exciting evening that includes George Gershwin’s soulful “Porgy and Bess.” Feel the might of this brilliant orchestra electrified by the sound of the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ during Saint-Saëns’ powerful “Organ Symphony.”
This is Part 1 of the Program Notes for the PSYO Fall Concert. You'll be automatically linked to the next NoteStream at the end.
To meet PSYO Music Director Roger Kalia, please click here.
To learn more about Music Director Carl St.Clair, please click here.

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Roger Kalia - Music Director PSYO

Hailed as a conductor who leads with “vigor” and “commitment” by the Charlotte Observer and for bringing a “fresh view to classical music” by The Republic, Roger Kalia is currently the assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony as well as music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
But there's a lot more to him than that...just try and keep up with him!

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