Local Youth Performance Groups

Students who want to participate in an additional group outside of school, who enjoy playing with students that are more serious and want to have fun can get extra credit by joining one of these groups in the Fall. All of the information that we can find is listed here!! If you would like suggestions or help with information and/or the audition, please see us or call directly to the numbers listed below.


Any interested students need to start preparing now for the groups that have auditions that will be in September. All State and All Southern will have auditions in December. District Honor group info will be passed out in late Nov. or early Dec. and the auditions are in January.


These groups meet once a week during the school year and perform about 3 concerts.

Four Seasons Youth Orchestra (5th-12th grade) Includes these groups: Newport (Irvine) Youth Symphony, New Wind Symphonic Band, La Primavera, Newport (Irvine) Youth Sinfonia, Newport (Irvine) Youth String Ensemble. (714)374-3766 or Website


Southern California Youth Philharmonic (Formerly Orange County Junior Orchestra) (5th-9th grade) (714)692-0909 or Website


Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (9th-12th grade) (714)997-6914 Website


Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Youth Wind Ensemble, & Santiago Strings (Advanced MS or HS Students) (714)876-2344 or Website


Santa Ana Winds Youth Marching Band (age 14-21) Website or email at sawinds@musician.org


All Southern California Honor Band & Orchestra - Click here for audition information


Newhart Middle School's After School Jazz Band - Click here for information


Audition Hints
  • Order the required music early. (Try one of the links to a Sheet Music Store found on our Music Links Page.)
  • Start Practicing the Required Scales & Pieces as early as you can!
  • Ask for help or get private lessons when you can. (The extra input can really lead you in the right direction.)
  • Make sure to send in any application and/or other materials early or on time.

    Here's a website with some great audition advice!