California Youth Chinese Symphony (CYCS) 加州青年國樂團

CYCS – The Next Generation of Chinese Musical Heritage


Colorful Melody Winter Concert

Featuring CYCS Newest Artist Deshu Wu 

November 28, 2015 (Saturday), 7:00 PM
Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 
72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Deshu Wu joins the CYCS faculty teaching suona. He will be joined by other CYCS faculty to perform several traditional and new compositions on the suona.


2015 CCOM Concert Recital

Featuring Distinction Candidates

The examination has concluded for this year. Congratulations to all the students who pass and obtain distinction results. Every year, CYCS organizes a semi-formal concert recital featuring all CCOM candidates who receive distinction results. It is a great opportunity for students to share their passion and also to gain stage performing experience. All students, families, and teachers are welcome to join and get inspired by these young talents.

November 29, 2015 (Sunday), 2:30 PM
Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 
72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112


Special notes to CYCS members: CYCS has no class on Nov 29.


2015 CCOM Chinese Instrument Exam

Update (2015-11-10): All exam evaluation forms have been mailed out on 11/09 (Mon). Please contact us at if you do not receive in the coming week. CCOM concert recital will be held on 11/29/2015 (Sun) 2:30pm at Trianon Theater, San Jose.  Selected distinction candidates (guzheng with score >= 92 and all others with score >= 90) will be invited to perform. 

Update (2015-10-18): All exam permits have been emailed out between 7-10pm on Oct 15. Exam permit is in PDF attachment. Please contact us at if you have not received it.

Dear CCOM Exam Candidates,

Registration for 2015 exam is now being accepted. You can use either paper registration by mail or online registration. See details on the registration page.  Payment can be made by check or paypal.
Last date to register is October 5, 2015 (Monday).

Exam Dates:  October 31 (Sat) & November 1 (Sun), 2015
Exam Venue: 4800 Patrick Henry Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (Enter from back of building)

Typically, non-CYCS members will be scheduled on Saturday and CYCS members will be scheduled on Sunday. If you have restrictions on your schedule, please indicate clearly on your registration and we will try our best to schedule it accordingly. Once the exam permit is issued, exam time cannot be changed.

If this is your first time taking the exam or you are taking a higher level grade, be sure to review the exam syllabus to understand the requirement. If there are any questions, please call 408-937-4616 or email for clarification.

CCOM Exam Online Registration / Download registration form

Pay registration fees by Paypal



2015-16 Season Registration

Orchestra & Instrument Classes

  • Online Registration
  • Important Dates:
    • First Class: September 13, 2015 (Sunday)
    • CCOM Exam (Optional): October 31 (Sat) & November 1, 2015  (Sun); No Class
    • Annual Concert: May 22, 2016 (Sunday) 2:00 PM  at California Theater, San Jose
  • Classes that are still open for enrollment:
    • Students who are still interested to register after season starts should call 408-937-4616 to discuss individual situation.

Colorful Melody Concert 2016

May 22, 2016 (Sunday) 2:00 PM
California Theater, 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Ticket info and details to come later.

Enjoy the magnificence of Chinese classical music played by an orchestra of traditional instruments including erhu, guzheng, dizi, yangqin, sheng, suona, liuqin, and zhongruan. An annual concert presented by the California Youth Chinese Symphony.

Conductor: Jindong Cai





2014 CCOM Chinese Instrument Exam

11/10/2014: All evaluation forms have been mailed to mailing address specified on the registration.

CCOM Concert Recital Featuring Distinction Candidates

Date/Time: Dec 20, 2014 (Sat) 7:00 PM

Venue: Santa Clara University Music Recital Hall
Tickets: Free Admission

1st Floor of Music and Dance Building
Santa Clara University,
500 El Camino Real,
Santa Clara, CA 95053

(Located on the edge of university campus. Recital Hall entrance is on Franklin St between Alviso St and Lafayette St.)

See university website for detail directions.
Parking is free on weekends in most campus parking lots.

More info on 2014 CCOM Exam  >>>



Current Schedule

CYCS Instrument Class and Orchestra Rehearsal

California Youth Chinese Symphony offers classes on Chinese traditional instruments to youth and adults. Students can select from erhudizi, pipa, liuqin, zhongruan, sheng, yangqin, guzheng, and cello. Classes are taught by music professionals who are highly skilled and with many years of teaching experience. Instructors are also friendly and very supportive for children. Check out the current class schedule or any upcoming new classes to see what might interest you.

Upcoming Classes

CYCS Preparatory Instrument Classes

New beginning level classes will be available in November. Classes are conducted in small group and taught by friendly music professionals. Reasonable fees and students will have the opportunity to play in the orchestra after extended period of learning. Check back for more details.

Past Performances

CYCS Concert Performance

Members perform throughout the year. Students introduce Chinese music and traditional instruments to the public through performances and participation in community cultural events. Contact us if you are looking for student volunteers to perform in your community events or professional artists to play Chinese music for your corporate events or private parties.

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Last updated: November 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm by CYCS Webmaster