Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, is dedicated to enhancing the musical, social and intellectual growth of musicians of all ages, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, through inspired instruction, dynamic ensemble rehearsals and exceptional performances.


The City Heights Music School (CHMS) 12-week Winter Semester is underway! The CHMS signature ensemble, Mariachi Victoria de San Diego, is presenting ‘Mariachi con Amor’ on March 16th (see event flyer, left) and has launched it’s own website (click here) and Facebook page!

STRING PROGRAM is underway!  Mark your calendars for the String Program recital on March 16th (flyer, right) and the Spring Session starting March 23rd! Visit our String Program page for details, and visit our Facebook page (click here) for a video from a recent Saturday class of the advanced students!  

YPO/PALOMAR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE and MUSIC CLASSES AT CCAE (NEW!) start up in January!  Learn more: click Percussion Ensemble or Music Classes at the Center for the Arts Escondido for details!

CONGRATULATIONS to YPO American Prize recipients!  YPO Artistic Director and Conductor Ulli Reiner has received an Exceptional String Educator Citation from The American Prize in Conducting contest, 2017-18! YPO/Palomar Percussion Ensemble Director Heather Barclay has received the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award as a semifinalist in the Performance of American Music category.  See details at!

Enjoy our Award-Winning Soloists Ensemble (Summer Festival Orchestra), performing Movement 1 from the Bartok Divertimento:

For more YPO audio recordings, please visit our Audio Gallery.

Festival Orchestra and Chamber Music Recitals!

The award-winning Soloists Ensemble has become this summer’s Festival Orchestra!  Read more on the Summer Music Programs page!

String Program

Offering beginning and intermediate level instruction in violin, viola, cello and bass. Classes take place on Saturday afternoons from 3:30-5:00pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, 16275 Pomerado Rd. Beginning students… Read more

Percussion Ensemble

The YPO Percussion Ensemble, in partnership with Palomar College,  provides percussion players age 15-25 an experience in playing music from the vast array of percussion ensemble literature. Ensemble members… Read more

City Heights Music School

The City Heights Music School offers music classes to all ages in guitar, violin, keyboard, voice, and Mariachi! Visit the CHMS website to learn more!