Violin winner, Spring Retreat info and more...

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Mary Jane is the lucky winner of a brand new full size violin from our partners at the Awesome Music Foundation. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Sign up for Spring Retreat!

Our retreat will take place on Saturday, April 29 at Camp Bob Waldorf at Max Straus, a local campground very close to our usual rehearsal space. (9am - 9pm for full day). The cost of the retreat is included in the VYMA tuition.
SIGN UP ASAP TO RESERVE A SPOT! Sign up at rehearsal on Tuesday with Sandi.
We are really looking forward to this awesome experience and hope you will all join us!

Here is a sample schedule for the day (activities my change slightly due to enrollment levels):

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  • Camp Orientation
  • How-to-Compose-Music Workshop
  • Orchestra rehearsal
  • Hike
  • Lunch
  • Scavenger Hunt (boys vs. girls)
  • Orchestra rehearsal
  • Free time (games/sports)
  • Dinner
  • Talent Show (skits, chamber group performance)
  • Campfire (s'mores & movie) 

Sign up for snacks!

We ask that each parent bring snacks or drinks for the orchestra at least once during the semester. Find the sign up sheet for snacks at rehearsal or contact Sandi at to choose a day (NO peanuts please!)

Pay tuition

If you have not done so already, please pay the spring tuition using our new easy online site ( or bring check/cash to Sandi at rehearsal. One SO/YO semester is $430 for returning students, and $450 for new students (which includes a $20 audition fee). CO tuition is $300. Please be sure to take care of this as soon as possible to ensure VYMA can continue paying our wonderful coaches and rent on time. Thank you!

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be at the First Congregational Church in Glendale, 2001 Cañada Blvd. Click here for a map. Park in the lot off Wabasso and enter the building through Fellowship Hall (the big room closest to the parking lot). There will be a sign in sheet inside. Be sure to sign in and out at every rehearsal. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your rehearsal so we can get started and make the best use of our time.

  • Youth Orchestra: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Tuesday
  • String Orchestra: 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm every Tuesday
  • Chamber Orchestra: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm every Tuesday

Important Dates

(click here to view the entire calendar)

  • Jan. 31 - 1st rehearsal
  • Apr. 18 - Break (no rehearsal)
  • Apr. 29 - Retreat
  • May 9 - Dress Rehearsal
  • May 13 - Spring Concert

2016 Spring Concert is on Saturday May 13, at 3pm (call time 1:30pm) at Thorne Hall at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd in Eagle Rock. Click here for a map. 

Attendance & Preparedness

Attendance is very important for *|FNAME|*'s continued participation in VYMA. If your musician will be absent, please notify Sandi or Sam in advance. After 4 missed rehearsals, your musician will not be able to perform in our concert. Attendance at the Dress Rehearsal is mandatory in order to perform in the concert.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing*|FNAME|* on Tuesday!

Sandi Holden
Program Coordinator
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
(626) 927-7135

Sam Chilingarian
Artistic Director
Verdugo Young Musicians Association
(818) 383-4677