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Senior Symphony

The award-winning Senior Symphony Orchestra is comprised of more than one hundred talented high school musicians from throughout the Bay Area. The orchestra studies under the baton of Dr. Jindong Cai, ECYS Music Director and master teacher who challenges the musicians to reach a high level of achievement. 

In addition to featuring outstanding student soloists, professionals of international renown regularly perform with the ECYS Symphony. 

In the 2015-2016 season, ECYS was thrilled to present world-renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu who performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Senior Orchestra at the Annual Benefit Concert; and dazzling Finnish violinist Minna Pensola who performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Sibelius Celebration Concert.

For a complete list of recent guest artists, visit the ECYS History page.

In January of 2012, the Senior Symphony debuted at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, performing to acclaim as part of the Bay of Hope Festival. ECYS was enthusiastically welcomed back to the Davies stage in 2014 and 2016 as a part of the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival.

The Symphony has a long tradition of international tours, in recent years touring every other summer. In Summer 2015, the Symphony dazzled audiences on Tour EspaƱa, receiving standing ovations at concerts in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Granada. Recent tours have included performances in England, Scotland, Austria, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Poland and Spain.  For additional tour information, visit the tour page.

Each August the Symphony launches its season with a week-long retreat at UC Santa Cruz, where the season program is previewed and the instrumentalists work intensively with sectional coaches and the conductor.

The Symphony rehearses weekly throughout the school year, beginning in mid-August and concluding late in May or the first week of June. Prior to each concert program, there are sectionals with professional coaches and two dress rehearsals.

Symphony musicians are eligible to enroll in the ECYS Chamber Music and Performance Outreach Program.

Sunday Rehearsals

3:30 - 6:30 pm OR 4 - 7:00 pm

Sofia University, Palo Alto

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