Music: Youth Orchestras, Choirs & Music Groups 

“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.”  ~Paul McCartney

Also see category Infant/Toddler Music & Movement Groups in this section.


North State Songwriter’s Online Group; serving all upper CA counties. For info, contact Nick Ciampi:, (530) 949-7212; or  Erin Friedman:, (530) 347-5240.


Butte Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). The Butte County Branch of  MTAC sponsors the Monster Piano Concert, the Chico Youth Orchestra, the Summer Music Academy &  beginning strings after-school programs. (530) 879-0567.

  • Chico Summer Music Academy. Annual week-long music event in July for ages 4–adult. Directed by Dustin Breshears.
  • Monster Piano Concert. Annual children’s piano concert featuring local youth. Held in July, is part of the Chico Summer Music Academy. Dustin Breshears, producer.
  • MTAC Youth Orchestra. Three levels of orchestras: beginning, intermediate & advanced. Ages 4yrs–college. Directed by Yoshie Muratani.

Children’s Choir of Chico; Chico. Inspiring choral music choirs & music programs for PreK–adult women. Movement & music (newborns to age 3), Cantabile (3-5), Ready, Set, Sing (K-1 grade), Preparatory Choir I & II (grades 2-3); Cantiamo (grades 4-8); Bel Canto (audition only–grades 7 & up); & Bella Voce Woman’s Ensemble (highschoolers & adults). Conducted by Susan Tevis. (530) 342-2775.

North Valley Youth Choir; Chico. Dara Scholz directs two youth choirs: Con Brio (with spirit) for grades 1-3, & Con Belleza (with beauty) for grades 4-6. Held at the Wright Keys Academy of Musical Arts, (530) 781-2224.

Suzuki Cello School; Chico. All ages. Chamber music & ensembles directed by Yoshie Muratani. (530) 774-7013.


Shasta College Youth Symphony Orchestra; Redding. Students in grades 2-12 gain the opportunity to perform in a quality orchestral setting, & may earn college credit prior to graduating from high school. (530) 242-2365.

Suzuki Cello School; Redding. Chamber music & ensembles for all ages, directed by Yoshie Muratani. (530) 774-7013.

Voices; Redding. Offers summer & fall community choirs & an after-school choral arts academy. Ages preschool-adult. (530) 515-0375.

Updated December 2016 LS


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Updated: Dec 28, 2016 @ 8:41 pm