The Concert Orchestra has been training tomorrow’s classical musicians since 1965, and consists of musicians from 7th – 12th grade. These committed young people comprise the organization’s most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians, performing the most difficult repertoire of the ensembles.
Concert Orchestra has toured Europe, British Columbia, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Illinois, and Alaska. In addition to Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra musicians are given the opportunity to perform in competitions, solo, and chamber music recitals.
Tuition is not refundable.
Meet the Conductor
Nancy Nagano was born and raised in Morro Bay, California, where she began her musical studies with Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli. She played cello with the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra and was one of the original members of the SLO Youth Symphony. After studying at UCSB with Geoffrey Rutkowski, she continued to study cello performance in Germany with Martin Ostertag at the Freiburg and Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. In 1981, she moved to Japan to teach and perform chamber music. Her orchestral experiences included Freiburger Theater Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Kobe Chamber Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic. She taught and conducted at the Tokushima Bunri University for nine years. At the same time she was the head conductor for the, Kochi Symphony Orchestra until returning to this area where she became the conductor of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony in 2000. Presently, she plays with San Luis Obispo Symphony and Orchestra Novo.
News & Announcements
YS Winter Concert
Youth Symphony Winter Concert will be taking place on Monday, December 9, 2019 at New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach. The concert begins at 6 PM and doors open at 5:30 PM. Tickets are now available for purchase.
YS Finale Concert Tickets
Youth Symphony will be having the Finale Concert on SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019 @ 4 PM. Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets today by visiting the Performing Arts Center website (click here). This concert will feature Concert Orchestra, Academy String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, and Preparatory Strings! There will also be a special performance…
Spring Concert Tickets
Youth Symphony will be having the Spring Concert on SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019 @ 4 PM. Tickets are now on sale! Get your tickets today by visiting the Clark Center Performing Arts website (click here). This concert will feature Concert Orchestra and concerto competition winners Julia Zielke (flute) and Derek Gong (trumpet), Academy String Orchestra,…