Napa Valley Youth Symphony

Napa Valley Youth Symphony

What They Do:

Provide music education to 80 Napa youth, 8-18 years old, while instilling skills in leadership, perseverance and team work. Four ensembles perform over 15 concerts annually, playing the works of iconic classical composers with some jazz and rock-n-roll thrown in for fun.

NVYS is unique for a youth orchestra since they seek “out of box” experiences for local youth like playing BottleRock, tours of Ireland, Boston and Montreal, playing Carnegie Hall in New York City and opportunities to play local venues such as Lincoln Theater and Jarvis Conservatory.

Since 2003 NVYS has nurtured and inspired over 1,000 young musicians in the Napa Valley. Weekly rehearsals include coaching in small groups from professional musicians who help students learn the works of iconic classical composers (and the occasional Coltrane or Bowie song).

Other Ways to Help:

  • Volunteer to help with a concert or Red Gala (selling tickets, ushering, working concessions, decorating, serving food, or chaperoning backstage).
  • Create programs, eblasts, or posters using your graphic arts background.
  • Create promotional and Fund-a-Need videos.
  • Donate tickets (or a bus!) to give NVYS students exposure to other musical performances, such as SF Symphony concert at Davis Hall.


Music brings people together, and I have NVYS to thank for that. From our amazing conductor, Tristan Arnold, to my fellow musicians It just goes to show, anything can be accomplished with a little practice.

~ Andres De La Rosa, NVYS member - 4 years

  1. Joan Foresman
  2. Robert and Carolyn Passmore
  3. Robyn & Joe Orsini
  4. Andy Demsky
  5. Anonymous
  6. James and Suzanne Bronk
  7. carlo rocca
  8. Anne S. Percelay
  9. Anne Evans
  10. Emily Schmidt -
  11. Emily Schmidt -
  12. Barbie Jamieson
  13. ZD Wines in honor of Barbie Jamieson
  14. Anonymous
  15. Sharyn Fuller in honor of the memory of Eleanor & Wesley Meyer
  16. Hilary Zunin in honor of ...Susan, because "After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." Aldous Huxley
  17. Barbara McDonnell
  18. Rick Turko and Rob Meason
  19. Anonymous
  20. Anonymous in honor of Sherane Negre
  21. Amy Withers in honor of Sherane Negre
  22. Rivka Livni
  23. Bruce Ketron and Debra Inman
  24. Mary & Michael Herzog
  25. allison saether
  26. Mark Anisman
  27. Bridget Stewart
  28. James Stewart
  29. Karen Olson in honor of Frank & Jean Wright
  30. Penny Pawl
  31. Anonymous in honor of Sherane Negre
  32. Anonymous in honor of Dale D. Miller
  33. Charlene Steen in honor of Earmark this for the Youth Symphony Chamber Ensemble (Yasushi's group)
  34. Bridget Stewart
  35. Norma Neil
  36. Sonia Ha
  37. Sheila Turgo
  38. Panita Costa in honor of ACHS
  39. Amy Knight in honor of Hunter Knight, sinfonia
  40. Todd Wood
  41. Dionisio Suarez Hevia in honor of Mateo Suarez-Hevia
  42. Edwin & Andrea Chiu in honor of Maddie chiu
  43. Alan Tran
  44. Heidi Zipay
  45. Marie Butler
  46. Paul Row
  47. Rebecca Bartow
  48. Tracey Nauright
  49. Christina Chun
  50. John Burns
  51. Anonymous
  52. Kirsty Cringan
  53. Carol Nelsen
  54. Richard, Laura, Spencer Pool
  55. Napa Valley Give!Guide in honor of NVYS's wonderful chamber music at the Give!Guide kickoff celebration.
  56. Michael Borck
  57. Anonymous
  58. Gwenn McKenzie in honor of my dad, Jack Groth, on the anniversary of his birth
  59. Anonymous
  60. Paul Reiser
  61. Jacqueline Jackson
  62. Anonymous in honor of Jessica Keane
  63. Anonymous in honor of Kyle Groves
  64. Elaine Herrick
  65. Lori Kennedy in honor of Kyle Groves
  66. Anonymous in honor of Kyle
  67. Carol Glaser
  68. Suzanne Rayner in honor of Ida Killebrew
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