The Caesura Youth Orchestra has a lot to celebrate!

  • Our next benefit concert on Friday, June 10 in Glendale will feature internationally recognized soprano Marine Ter-Kazaryan.
  • We have just completed our second year at the Cerritos Elementary School. Students were invited to perform for an event at Opus Bank.
  • Thanks to a generous donation from the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, our students were able to visit the Grammy Museum.
  • We just received word that we have been awarded a grant for instruments from the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.
  • Our second Summer Music Camp begins on June 6.

Please read the rest of the newsletter for more details.


CYO June 10, Benefit Concert
CYO June 10, Benefit Concert

We will be hosting a very important benefit concert on Friday, JUNE 10 at 7:30 PM. This concert will provide essential funding for our Summer Music Camp. Our students need your continuing financial support! The concert will be held at Roosevelt Middle School, 222 East Acacia Avenue in Glendale. Our Featured Artist is Soprano, Marine Ter-Kazaryan, and will be joined by pianist Gayane Simonyan. The program will include works by Faure, Poulenc and Dvorak among others. Her international performances include concerts in Armenia, the Soviet Union, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Ms. Ter-Kazaryan is on the faculty of both Glendale Community College and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of USC.

Here’s how to reserve your ticket.

Go to our website, and click the Donate button. Donate $22 for a General Admission ticket and $80 for a Reserved Seat ticket. Your ticket will be held for you at Will Call the night of the performance. If you are unable to attend, but would like to support our Summer Music Camp, we would welcome your donation! You can also visit our Facebook page at > and share the news!


On June 6, we begin our second Summer Music Camp at Roosevelt Middle School. Each day, Monday through Friday, students will be immersed in music from 9 AM to 1 PM. The day will include rhythm exercises, vocal training and group instruction and rehearsals on their instruments. This year we have a larger group of students joining the string section of the orchestra including new students on violin, viola and cello. The Summer Camp will conclude with a public performance on Friday, July 8 at 7 PM in the auditorium at the Roosevelt Middle School. We encourage you to come and hear what the students have learned. While we have received funding for instruments, we still need funds for our professional teachers for the Summer Music Camp. Please help us by making a donation to provide scholarship funds for our students. Go to and click on the DONATE button.


As the school year concluded at Cerritos our students participated in the Spring Festival. The recorder students performed a selection, followed by the woodwinds and the strings and a final number with both the recorders and the strings. On May 11, two of our string students were invited to perform for a special reception at Opus Bank (a sponsor to Caesura Youth Orchestra). During the last week of school students were introduced to their new instruments. They will begin learning to play these instruments during the summer.

Our students visiting the Grammy Museum, funded by The Ella FitzgeraldCharitable Foundation
Our students visiting the Grammy Museum, funded by The Ella FitzgeraldCharitable Foundation

On May 25, thirty-three students and four teachers from Cerritos Elementary spent at afternoon exploring music history at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation provided funding for admission and transportation to make this exciting field trip possible for our students.

This past week we received word that we have been awarded a grant of $9,350 from Community Foundation of the Verdugos for instruments to be part of the inventory of the Caesura Youth Orchestra. We are so excited to receive this important funding for Caesura; we were in need of additional instruments for our Summer Music Camp that will now be possible through this grant. Watch for a Press Release.

May Newsletter – 2016
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