Audition Information

We hold informal auditions throughout the year. Our season starts in September, but children who also play soccer, swimming and others tend to audition and join us in January after our first concert. Anytime is a great time for young musicians to join us and discover the joys of ensemble playing under the direction of Rem Djemilev, our beloved conductor.

For further information or to arrange an audition, please email or call (510) 595-4688.

Awards from 2014 YPCO Young Musician's Strings Competition

Age 10 and under

1st: Sarah Yuan
2nd: Sofie Ledor
3rd: Olivia Hsu

Special Mention to: Avinashi Bhandari, Eamon Riley, Felix Sparling, Benjamin Kim, Nat Butler, Keeney Ensemble.

Age 13 and under

1st: Grant Griffin, Sharon Yuan
2nd: Gina Ledor, Sydney Whipple, Samantha Der
3rd: Kayla Phan

Special Mention to: Mereth Niemoller, Arielle Zakim, Audrey Burns, Lukas Edelberg

Age 18 and under

1st: Jonathan Chen
2nd: Sophie Phillips

YPCO Young Musicians Strings Competition

The YPCO is sponsoring this amazing opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talent and be rewarded for their hard work.

November 8, 2014
Registration will be closed on October 26, 2014

Eligibility: Students through age 18

Age groups:

10 and under
13 and under
18 and under


1st place in each category - $500
2nd place in each category - $300
3rd place in each category - $200