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Frequently Asked Questions | 자주 묻는 질문

In English

What is OCYSO?

The Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO), now in its 48th season, is the official youth orchestra of Orange County, CA. Deemed “the real thing” by The Los Angeles Times, OCYSO is the winner of the 2012 American Prize in Orchestral Performance—Youth Orchestra Division. Music Director & Conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs has led OCYSO through many prestigious performances including US and West Coast premieres by composers such as Mark-Anthony Turnage and Kurt Schwertsik. Wachs has also led OCYSO on numerous national and international tours. A season-long project with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 culminating in a documentary entitled “Beethoven’s Ninth: Journey to Joy” that broadcast on PBS SoCal.

OCYSO’s mission, to introduce music into the lives of young people, is fulfilled in part through its acclaimed “Concerts for Fifth Graders,” in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This series, “kids playing for kids,” presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, has provided music education for more than a million students for over twenty-five years. Additionally, OCYSO presents a concert series in the new $82 million Musco Center for the Arts on the campus of Chapman University.

Highlights of the 2016-17 Season included renowned violinists Ray Chen, Midori, and a mini-residency by the Kronos Quartet. Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, OCYSO returned for its third annual holiday family concert and it’s acclaimed Concerts for Fifth Graders at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The 2015-16 Season included a season-long collaboration with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (YMF Debut) of Los Angeles. This collaborative concert with YMF, presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its prestigious Sounds About Town series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, featured the United States premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Passchendaele, an OCYSO co-commission. Of the performance which was reviewed by Musical America, the Los Angeles Times, and the Orange County Register, music critic Timothy Mangan stated: “Wachs led a wonderfully clear and patient traversal, finding order in complexity. The young musicians appeared to have little trouble with the work’s progressive language.”

Who is eligible for OCYSO and what are the audition requirements?

Auditions for OCYSO are open to all rising 8th through 12th grade and college students who live in or near Orange County, California. All orchestral instruments are welcome to audition (woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings). Auditions take place annually in June on the campus of Chapman University.

Click here for full audition requirements, including 2017-2018 excerpts.

OCYSO members attending middle or high school are required to participate in their school’s instrumental music program (if one is available). It is also strongly recommended that all OCYSO musicians take private lessons. All members are expected to attend the mandatory fall retreat as outlined in the season schedule. The retreat is an opportunity to get to know the conductor, staff, and fellow musicians.

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Does OCYSO charge membership fees?

OCYSO largely depends on donations to defray the cost of operations. Therefore, we ask that each member make a $900 tax-deductible contribution at the beginning of the nine-month season. There is also a $200 mandatory fall retreat fee which includes the cost of weekend transportation, lodging, meals and clinics. These fees partially cover all OCYSO events, rehearsals, staff, clinicians, and concerts at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Musco Center for the Arts, and Chapman University’s Memorial Hall.

Does OCYSO provide scholarship assistance?

OCYSO offers scholarships to those students and families who are financially unable to make the minimum contribution. Scholarship will be individually granted on a case-by-case basis determined by the financial needs of the applicant.

How many times does OCYSO perform during the season?

OCYSO performs three main concerts each season:

  1. Winter program at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  2. Spring program at Chapman University’s historic Memorial Hall Auditorium
  3. Season finale concert at the Musco Center for the Arts

OCYSO also performs a total of eight Concerts for Fifth Graders (on four different dates) at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. This acclaimed series is presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and OCYSO musicians are eligible to receive community service hours for their participation.

Additional and unique events are sometimes added to the main season. For example, in the 2015-16 season, OCYSO performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall (and was presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic).

Can OCYSO members obtain college credit?

Yes. Every year, OCYSO musicians are eligible to receive one (1) unit of college credit through Brandman University, the extended education program within the Chapman University system. At the beginning of each OCYSO season, students receive a form to complete and for only $60 will receive their unit of college credit once the OCYSO season concludes.

In Korean


Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO)는 50년이 된 Orange County의 공식적인 청소년 오케스트라입니다. 음악 감독 Daniel Alfred Wachs 가 이끄는 OCYSO의 임무는 남가주에서 사는 젊은 학생들을 위한 최상의 오케스트라 교육을 제공하는것 입니다. OCYSO는 미국 전역 여러군데에서 열리는 주요 음악 컨퍼런스들에서 연주를 했습니다. OCYSO는 오스트리아, 이탈리아, 독일, 스위스, 홍콩, 중국과 일본에서도 콘서트를 했었고 미국 뉴욕에 있는 카네기 홀 (Carnegie Hall)에서도 연주를 했습니다. 2013-2014 시즌에는 베토벤의 9번째 교향곡과 Mark-Anthony Turnage의 “Frieze” 를 Segerstrom Center for the Arts에 있는 Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall에서 콘서트를 했습니다. 이 공연은 성황을 이루어 전좌석이 매진됬었습니다.

2013년 여름에는 영국으로 여행을 가 Royal Philharmonic Society의 손님으로 유명한 Proms Concerts에 참석했습니. 2012년 여름에는 Los Angeles Philharmonic가 주로 연주하는 Los Angeles 에있는 Walt Disney Concert Hall 에서 데뷰콘서트를 했습니다.

2009-2010 시즌에는 40주년을 맞이하여 Salzburg 에서 온 Mozarteum Orchestra와 같이 공연을 했습니다. Mark Swed는 LA Times에 “이 공연은 아마추어 학생들에게 감사해야한다. 이 학생들은 Salzburg 오케스트라의 음악에 불꽃을 가져다주었다. 이 학생들은 진짜 뮤지션들이다.” 라고 썼습니다.

OCYSO 교육비는 얼마입니까?

OCYSO는 기부금으로 많이 운영합니다. 그러무로 각 학생 교육비는 $850 입니다. OCYSO 교육비는 세금공제를 받을 수 있습니다. 그리고 운송, 숙박, 식사 및 병원비용을 모두 다 포함한 단체 수련회비는 별도로 $200 입니다.

OCYSO는 콘서트를 몇 번이나 합니까?

OCYSO는Chapman 대학에 있는Memorial Hall Auditorium, 새로 지어진Musco Center for the Arts 와Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 에서 3번 콘서트를 합니다. 2015-2016 시즌에는Los Angeles Philharmonic 과Walt Disney Concert Hall 에서도 같이 콘서트를 할 예정입니다. 또한  OCYSO는Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall에서 총 8회의Concerts for Fifth Graders 를 연주합니다. Philharmonic Society of Orange County 가 지원하는 Concerts for Fifth Graders 는  1일 2회씩 4일간 서로 다른 날짜에 연주하며OCYSO학생들은 봉사시간을 받을 수 있습니다.

OCYSO에 참여하기 위한 다른 요구사항들이 있습니까?

중학교나 고등학교를 다니는 학생들은 그 학교에 있는 기악프로그램 (instrumental music program )에 참여해야합니다. 또한 우리는 학생들이 개인레슨을 받는것을 권합니다. 그리고 단체 수련회는 서로 새로운 동료와 음악 선생님들과 친해질 수 있는 시간임으로 반드시 참석해야합니다.

OCYSO를 통해 대학 학점을 받을 수 있습니까 ?

예. 매년 OCYSO 학생들은 Chapman University의확장된교육프로그램인 Brandman University를 통해 대학 학점 1를 받을 수 있습니다. 새로운 시즌이 시작할 때 학생들은 대학 학점을 위한 서류를 받습니다. 작성한 서류와 $60을 내시면 OCYSO시즌이 끝날때 대학 학점 1를 받습니다.