History and Founder

1963: Plans solidify for a new orchestra for young
musicians in Morro Bay
1964-1965: Rehearsals begin with 10 students at the Morro Bay home of Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli
1967-1968: The 45-member Youth Symphony presents its first stand-alone concert on November 19, l967
1977-1978: The Youth Symphony tours Guatemala
1980-1981: Loal Davis becomes Youth Symphony conductor; Junior Strings Ensemble founded by Carol Kersten
1988-1989: Ginette Reitz becomes the Youth Symphony’s Music Director
1993-1994: Preparatory Strings Ensemble founded by Carol Kersten; 34 musicians attend Camp Ocean Pines Music Camp in Cambria
1994-1995: Korisheli Scholarship Fund established by Botso
1996-1997: Kent Nagano and Botso guest conduct December concert at the PAC
2000-2001: Nancy Nagano becomes conductor for the Youth Symphony
2001-2002: Junior Strings, Junior Winds, and the Youth Symphony participate in “Disney Magic Music
Day” at Disneyland
2002-2003: Youth Symphony members go on tour of
Germany and Switzerland
2004-2005: Youth Symphony participates in the National
Orchestra Festival competition in Nevada and
premiers Garry Eister’s “Executive Order 9066”
2005-2006: Debut season for Academy Orchestra; SLO
Youth Symphony merger with SLO Symphony
on September 11, 2006
2006-2007: In June 2007 the Concert Orchestra toured Vancouver, British Columbia
2013: The documentary “Botso” is released to film
festivals and wins Audience Choice awards. The
Youth Symphony goes on tour to Chicago and
performs at Disney Hall in Los Angeles