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 Fall Semester is underway!  Visit the CHMS website for details!  Showcase Concert with Mariachi Victoria joining CHMS musicians takes place on Friday, Dec 7th, 7pm, at the Mid-City Church of the Nazarene (4101 University Ave).  NEW!  CHMS music classes are expanding to National City!  Sign up here, if interested!

STRING PROGRAM in concert! – Enjoy the talent and dedication of our String Program musicians on Saturday, Dec 8th at 3pm, at St Bartholomew’s Church in Poway (16275 Pomerado Rd)!  Visit our String Program page for details on winter registration!

YPO/PALOMAR PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE and MARIACHI VICTORIA AT CCAE music classes (NEW!) start up in January!  Learn more, click here, for the Percussion Ensemble and here, for Music Classes at the Center for the Arts Escondido!

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!

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Enjoy our Award-Winning Soloists Ensemble, performing Movement 1 from the Bartok Divertimento:

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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 3:40-5:00pm 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!