The Chamber Orchestra is one of the San Jose Youth Symphony’s premiere ensembles alongside the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is for musicians of high school age at the advanced musical level. Rehearsals will focus on the full orchestra as well as small chamber music groups coached by professional musicians. Our goal is to involve as many Chamber Orchestra musicians as possible in small chamber music groups in addition to the full orchestra. Master classes will be presented during the season by leading musicians in the Bay Area.

Artistic Requirements

Musicians must meet these artistic requirements in order to be accepted into the Chamber Orchestra.

2021 – 2022 Season Repertoire

First Concert – January 30, 2022 at 5 pm, Hammer Theatre, San Jose

  • Beethoven – The Creatures of Prometheus Overture
  • Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 
    Joshua Kim, violin
  • Sibelius – Valse Triste from Kuolema
  • Donizetti – Sinfonia for Winds in G minor
  • Debussy – Petite Suite: I, II, IV
  • Offenbach (arr. Binder) – Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Second Concert – May 28, 2022 at 8 pm, San Jose State University Recital Hall, San Jose

  • Charpentier – Suite for Strings
  • Gouvy – Petite Suite Gauloise
  • Castro – Concerto for Harp Quartet and Orchestra
  • Sparke – Clarinet Concerto in C Major
  • Bizet – Selections from Carmen Suites 1 and 2

Chamber Orchestra – A Successful Season


The Chamber Orchestra finished their ninth season in the Season Finale at the Hammer Theatre. The program was extensive and included small group performances and orchestral pieces.



DSC_2691Chamber music is often described as “the music of friends.” A spirit of collaboration is at the heart of this art form as each musician is engaged in an intimate musical dialogue with the other performers. Some of history’s greatest composers viewed chamber music as a vehicle to create their most profound and important works.

chamber_at_campChamber music is an essential component of music education and it helps tremendously in developing ensemble playing skills. A chamber orchestra is typically comprised of 30-40 musicians. Unlike a full orchestra, the parts (with the exception of strings) are not doubled and this unique instrumentation allows the individual musician to stand out.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform two concerts every season at the Hammer Theatre and the Recital Hall, at San Jose State University (downtown San Jose).   Programs will include chamber orchestra works as well as music written for small chamber groups. Musicians will have many opportunities to perform solo parts. Concert admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and free for kids under 5.


Rehearsals for the Chamber Orchestra are held every Sunday from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at Los Gatos United Methodist Church (LGUMC) (details)


In every concert set musicians will receive up to two sectionals coaching by leading professional musicians from the area. Approximately every 6 – 8 weeks the orchestra will be divided into small groups and professional musicians will assist SJYS members to develop their skills.

Tour Opportunity

Some members of the Chamber Orchestra might be invited to perform in Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, as well as participate in international tours depending on the spots available.