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The Peninsula Young Artists Orchestra

The Organization

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra, now serving over 430 musicians, offers weekly instruction in orchestral training at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. All musicians study the traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers. A chamber music program is available for intermediate and advanced level musicians who wish to experience the small ensemble repertoire. Chamber musicians perform in two formal recitals during the season and also play for community events and private functions.

The Sinfonia Musica, Orchestra Nova, and Young Artists Preparatory Orchestras are directed by Sara Salsbury with the assistance of Troy Davis (woodwind specialist), Don Couch (brass specialist), and Peter Thielen (percussion specialist). Sara also conducts the Chamber Strings.

The Young Artists

The Young Artists is one of the preparatory orchestra for the older Youth Orchestra. It
performed in Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Orchestra Festival in June 2004.

The Director

Sara Salsbury is currently a member of the Redwood City School District Instrumental Music Team, where she is in charge of band and orchestra programs. For many years, she also served as Director of Adult and Youth Handbell Choirs at the First Methodist Church of Palo Alto. Sara is a past recipient of the CAPA Arts Award (Council of the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work. She grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers. Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University.