Marin Symphony Crescendo Orchestra

Intermediate  Musicianship

Artistic Director and Conductor, Anne Lerner-Wright
Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Administrator, Andrei Gorchov


Conducted by Anne Lerner-Wright, the Marin Symphony Crescendo Program offers the opportunity for young musicians to learn standard orchestral ensemble techniques and develop their musicianship in a friendly and instructive environment. The Crescendo Orchestra is a full orchestral ensemble with combined strings, winds, brass, and percussion. The September-to-May season includes a winter and spring concert and a special visit to Skywalker Sound in Nicasio for an exclusive recording session. The performance repertoire includes arranged and original classical symphonic works chosen to expose players to the various style periods, from the Baroque to contemporary.

Are you interested in becoming a member of one of our youth orchestras?
Mark your calendar. Auditions for the Marin Symphony Youth Programs 2016-17 Season will be held at College of Marin Performing Arts Building room PA72 on August 27 & 28 and September 3 and 4, 2016. Click here to register:

Rehearsals: The Crescendo Orchestra rehearses weekly at the College of Marin (Kentfield campus), Performing Arts Building room PA75. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 1:00 – 2:40 p.m.

*Performances take place at the Marin Performing Arts Theater on the campus of College of Marin, in Kentfield (directions/map)

Requirements: Participant age ranges from 10-17. Students must study privately with a teacher on their orchestral instrument. We strongly encourage all of our students to participate in their school music programs. Most members in the orchestra have been playing their instrument for two years or longer.

*Players should demonstrate competence and facility on their instrument, in addition to the ability to read notes and rhythms accurately. Players will be required to perform scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats in as many octaves as they are comfortable. Players should also be familiar with a variety of articulations, bow strokes, and dynamic control.

For auditions, please prepare scales and a representative solo work from your teacher. Sight-reading will be given at the audition.

Additional Benefits: Members of the Crescendo Orchestra are granted free admission to all Marin Symphony concerts in Marin Center (Marin Symphony Holiday Concerts and Prelude Recitals excluded). They also receive family member discounts entitling the purchase of two Marin Symphony concert tickets for the price of one.

Tuition for 2016-17 season (both semesters) is $650 per student, payable in full by the first rehearsal in the fall.

Membership in the Crescendo Orchestra is by audition only.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Andrei Gorchov, Youth Programs Administrator at 415.479.8105 or

Marin Symphony Youth Programs

c/o The Marin Symphony
4340 Redwood Highway, Suite 409c
San Rafael, CA  94903
Phone: 415.479.8105
Fax: 415.479.8110