CYCS currently has more than 100 students in its instrument and orchestra programs. Led by many Chinese music
professionals, CYCS offers various instrument classes at different levels including dizi, pipa, erhu, sheng, suona, liuqin, zhongruan, yangqin, guzheng, cello, and Chinese percussion, konghou and matouqin to train young musicians.
The CYCS orchestra performs and introduces Chinese music and traditional instruments to the public through participation in many community cultural events such as the Moon Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations, fundraiser for the home of elderly, and as guest performers in concerts organized by other community organizations. Over the past year, CYCS has become a unique orchestra as the new American-born generation embraces the Chinese musical heritage.
CYCS has taken a leadership role in promoting Chinese music and instrument in the nation. In October 2007, CYCS has successfully organized the American Regional Competition for the China Central Television (CCTV) Chinese Instrument TV Competition. In November 2008, CYCS and the Central Conservatory of Music of China organized the first Chinese Instrument Grade Examination ever in the United States.
We have been well received by the community and have received several matching grants in the past year from corporations such as Prudential, Cisco, and IBM.