Welcome to the Napa Valley Youth Symphony
Napa Valley Youth Symphony is an award winning youth orchestra, providing the highest level of musical training to young musicians and offering them the opportunity to enrich their community by performing seasonal, full-length concerts. In addition to its youth orchestra program, Napa Valley Youth Symphony also trains entry-level student musicians through string and wind ensembles, and provides educational programs to local schools and organizations. It is the only organization of its kind in Napa Valley.
Named a "fantastic cultural treasure" by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Napa Valley Youth Symphony was created in 2002 to provide talented young musicians an opportunity to perform together in a full symphonic orchestra. Coming from over forty schools in and around the Napa Valley, these young musicians perform some of the greatest works in the symphonic literature and are coached each week by professional musicians. In 2008, the Napa Valley Youth Symphony started Sinfonia, a string training ensemble and in 2009 started Wind Sinfonia for wind and brass players. The Napa Valley Youth Symphony has been recognized for excellence and is supported by many foundations, businesses and individuals.
NVYS toured Central Europe!
The Napa Valley Youth Symphony returned from a hugely successful tour to Central Europe with stops in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Students performed at the St. Andrae church in Salzburg, performed with the Rabenstein Concert Band, and also had a sustained standing ovation at the International Mahler Festival in Jihlava in the Czech Republic. Performing with soprano Carrie Hennessey, the Napa Valley Youth Symphony had five curtain calls!