Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, just on the border of Palo Alto and Mountain View, Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony) was founded in 1963 by William Galbraith, a young violinist and conductor, who envisioned a youth orchestra that would give students the opportunity to learn and perform challenging professional-level repertoire. 55 years later, Golden State (GSYO) continues to provide first-rate music education and training for our young musicians who, in turn, present outstanding music events for the community.
Annually, we educate more than 480 K-12 students who travel from as far as Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Ramon, and Pacifica to train and perform in one or more of our ensembles. With six levels of orchestras, our tiered program accommodates all levels of students, whether novice, intermediate, or experienced.
Our young musicians are mentored by a distinguished roster of professional coaches and conductors. As well, those in our two most advanced orchestras have the honor of working with noted guest artists such as Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu, and renowned Jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti.
Our ongoing program of concert and ticket outreach ensures that our concerts are open to a broad community of underserved youth, families and seniors; on average, at least 35% of the audience at each ECYS concert attends free of charge. Annually, we reach over 14,000 community members, both new and longtime supporters, with our performance
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