The Susanville Symphony Youth Orchestra

The mission of the Susanville Youth Orchestra is to encourage and provide a positive and educational music experience for young people and adults alike. Our orchestra is designed to teach students to play as a cohesive group while experiencing different styles of music.


Each participant should have one year of instruction on their instrument and be able to read musical notation. The conductor will determine appropriate placement for each student. Each participant will be provided with music to study and bring to rehearsal each time. The goal of this class is to learn rehearsal technique, musical etiquette and performance technique. Each participant needs to attend each rehearsal or inform the conductor of their absence. Students may provide their own instrument or borrow one for a refundable deposit.

The Susanville Youth Orchestra will meet the first week in October and for scheduled rehearsals through the month of March. Each participant will receive a schedule of rehearsals and concerts at the beginning of the season. Christmas performances and recruitment concerts in the local schools will be planned and announced throughout the season. The orchestra will have a public concert in March. The rehearsals will be held in the evening at Meadow View School in Susanville in Rm. 9.

Tuition & Fees

For information about current tuition and fees, please contact Carol Fontana at 530-257-3153.  Some scholarships are available for low income students and adults.  Instruments are available at no charge with a refundable deposit.


Carol Fontana
Academy Director

In addition to serving as concertmaster for the Susanville Symphony, Carol Fontana is the director and instructor for both the Susanville Youth Orchestra and the Academy of Music.
“The music academy and the youth orchestra are exciting parts of our organization and provide more ways for the community to get involved,” Fontana says. “Our audience and patrons are already an integral part of the Susanville Symphony. The music academy adds to that by giving young musicians and young at heart musicians the chance to begin an instrument or pick up an instrument they might have set aside years ago."
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