The Chamber Orchestra is one of the San Jose Youth Symphony’s premiere ensembles along with the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is for musicians of late middle school-to-high school age at the advanced musical level. Rehearsals 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.

Artistic Requirements

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

2022 – 2023 Season Repertoire

First Concert – January 21, 2023 at 5 pm, McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

  • Haydn – London Trio No. 1 for Strings
  • Mozart – Serenade No. 1 for Clarinet Trio
  • Haydn – Trio No. 1 for Woodwinds
  • Stamitz – Trio in D Major for Two Flutes and Cello
  • Ibert – Hommage à Mozart
  • Mozart – Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, K. 261
    Avi Marwah, violin
  • Tchaikovsky – Orchestral Suite No. 4 “Mozartiana”

Second Concert – May 20, 2023 at 5 pm, McAfee Performing Arts Center, Saratoga

  • Small Chamber Groups Repertoire TBA
  • Chabrier – Habanera
  • Fauré – Fantaisie, Op. 79
    Ryan He, flute
  • Fauré – Masques et Bergamasques, Op. 112

Chamber 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 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 performs two concerts every season at various concert halls in our area.   Programs will include chamber orchestra works as well as for small chamber groups.


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


Chamber orchestra musicians will benefit from sectional rehearsals throughout the season, where they will be coached by leading professional musicians from the area.

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.