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

CYCS – The Next Generation of Chinese Musical Heritage

2015 CCOM Chinese Instrument Exam

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


Temporary Move on 10/4, 10/11, 10/18

Dear parents, students and visitors,

CYCS classes will be moving to 4620 Fortran Dr, San Jose, CA 95134 temporarily on Oct 4, 11, 18.
Classes will be back to 4800 Patrick Henry Dr on Oct 25.




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:
    • Guzheng Adult all levels – Sunday 9:30am-10:20am
    • Guzheng Beginning level – Sunday 10:30am – 11:20am
    • Erhu Beginning level – Sunday 10:30am – 11:20am
    • Erhu Intermediate level – Sunday 9:30am – 10:20am
    • Dizi Beginning level – Saturday 9:30am – 10:30am
    • Liuqin/Zhongruan Beginning level – Sunday 9:30am – 10:20am
    • Pipa Beginning level – Sunday 10:30am – 11:20am
    • Call 408-937-4616 for more information.


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: September 29, 2015 at 20:31 pm by CYCS Webmaster