The impact of music helps young musicians pursue their dreams.



"The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is a nationally recognized East Bay youth program for low-income, underprivileged students, which provides a robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development.


The no-cost program serves 70 students through an educational foundation in orchestral, jazz, and choral music. Students from the program matriculate into and excel at premiere conservatories and universities." - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 100% Graduation Rate

All YMCO students have graduated from high school and have been accepted into prestigious universities and conservatories. Over the past 10 years, our students have garnered over $13 million in scholarships.

 4.0 Club 

In 2018, 43% of total YMCO students have achieved and maintained a 4.0-grade point average throughout the entire academic year.

 485 Student Collaborations

In the past decade, YMCO students have collaborated with over 20 Grammy-award winning musicians that range from Classical, R&B, Jazz and Opera.

#1 Choral-Orchestra Program in the Bay Area

In 2006, the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities awarded the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award to YMCO, resulting in a performance at the White House in 2007.