Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra

Advanced Musicianship

Artistic Director and Conductor, Ann Krinitsky
Assistant Conductor and Youth Programs Administrator, Andrei Gorchov


For over 60 years, the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, currently under the direction of Ann Krinitsky, has provided young, gifted musicians ages 12-18 with an opportunity to participate in a rich and rewarding orchestral community. The September-to-May orchestral season includes a winter and spring concert, a Sit-In Concert at a local elementary school to introduce young children to orchestral instruments, an exclusive recording project at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, the opportunity to sit on stage with orchestral sections during Marin Symphony rehearsals, special coaching sessions from Marin Symphony players, and rehearsals conducted by Marin Symphony’s maestro, Alasdair Neale. The orchestra is composed of approximately 80 auditioned high school and middle school musicians from the counties of Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Recent performances of standard orchestral repertoire include: Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies 4 and 5, Beethoven Symphonies 1 and 5, Dvořák Symphonies 4 and 8, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Scheherazade, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Sibelius’ Finlandia on a special side-by-side performance with the Marin Symphony Orchestra.

Are you interested in becoming a member of one of our youth orchestras?
Mark your calendars. Auditions for the Marin Symphony Youth Programs 2016-17 Season will be held at College of Marin Performing Arts Building room PA 72 on August 27 & 28 and September 3 & 4, 2016. Click here to register:

The Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearses with Ann Krinitsky weekly at College of Marin (Kentfield campus), Performing Arts Building room PA75. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 3:00 – 6:00pm.* Performances take place at the Marin Performing Arts Theater on the campus of College of Marin, in Kentfield (Download Map/Directions)

Chamber Music:
Members of the Youth Orchestra have the opportunity to participate in our Chamber Music Program. Special auditions will take place to form String Quartets, Woodwinds, and Brass ensembles. Performance opportunities will outreach to retirement homes and elementary school communities.

Requirements: Participant age ranges from 12-18. Students must study privately with a teacher on their orchestral instrument and we encourage all of our students to participate in their school music programs. Most members in the orchestra have been playing their instrument for four years or longer.  Students are required to set aside time outside of rehearsals to learn their music and are strongly urged to work on their parts with private teachers at their teachers’ convenience.

*Players should demonstrate full, clear tone production with vibrato if applicable. Players should have complete control over entire instrument range and demonstrate command in tone, intonation, and articulation. Players should be able to demonstrate scales up to three sharps and three flats in as many octaves as possible (3 octaves where possible, 2 octaves otherwise).

Additional benefits: Members of the Marin Symphony Youth 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. When possible, the Marin Symphony seeks to provide opportunities during the orchestral season where MSYO members receive mentoring and coaching from members of the Marin Symphony orchestra.

Tuition for 2016-17 Season (both semesters) is $750 per student, payable in full by the first rehearsal in the fall.

Membership in the Marin Symphony Youth 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