The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, now in its fifth decade, is the official Youth Orchestra of Orange County. Conducted by Music Director Daniel Alfred Wachs, OCYSO provides the highest level of pre-professional orchestral training for young musicians in Southern California. During its distinguished history, OCYSO has performed at major music conferences throughout the United States and has toured Europe and Asia. Performances in Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Japan and at the United Nations and Carnegie Hall have been lauded by critics and audiences alike. During the 2013-14 season, OCYSO performed Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and the West Coast premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Frieze” to a sold-out Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.
In the summer of 2013, OCYSO toured the United Kingdom and in the summer of 2012 the orchestra made its debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
During its 40th anniversary in 2009-10, OCYSO performed a joint concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. In his review in the LA Times, Mark Swed wrote “The performance was smashing thanks in no small part to the exceptionally well-practiced pre-professionals, who brought a sparkle to the Salzburgers’ sound that wasn’t there before…They are the real thing.”