Childrens' Orchestras

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Young Peoples' Chamber Orchestra

April 2009

Young Peoples' Chamber Orchestra is an inspiring, non-competitive three-tiered youth orchestra. The main orchestra, for string players ages 10-14, meets Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00, with small chamber ensembles meeting for an additional hour (9:00 to 10:00 or 12:00 to 1:00). We also have a preparatory ensemble for younger, less experienced musicians. Both of these groups rehearse at St. John's Presbyterian Church on College Avenue. Our Senior Chamber Symphony, which meets Monday evenings at All Souls in north Berkeley, is for high school string and wind players.

YPCO musicians come together from all over the Bay Area. YPCO's conductor, Rem Djemilev, is a member of the Arlekin String Quartet and an instructor at the Crowden School in Berkeley. He also conducts the Young Performer's String Orchestra and the Diablo Regional Youth Orchestra in Walnut Creek, and plays in many chamber groups and orchestras in the Bay Area.

We hold auditions each May and on a rolling basis, and offer a lovely small Saturdays-only summer program at St. John's from mid-June through July. For further information, please call or e-mail:

Deborah Schmidt manager [at] YPCO phone number: (510)595-4688