Shasta College Pre-Symphony Orchestra

Announcing the Fall 2016 Auditions

The Shasta College Pre-Symphony (formerly Youth Symphony) will begin its 12th season with new Shasta College faculty member and Music Director Dr. Matthew Brooks. As a preparatory college orchestra, this ensemble aims to provide a challenging and rewarding ensemble performing experience for all developing, intermediate, and advanced musicians, regardless of age. One of the benefits of this ensemble is that it is made up of a collection of musicians from Shasta College and Simpson University, as well as community members and school-aged students from the surrounding area. Students and novice adults are encouraged to audition for this orchestra as preparation for eventually joining the Shasta Symphony Orchestra. As this ensemble is a course offering at Shasta College, college credit is available but not required. School-aged students may even earn college credit prior to graduating from high school.
A brief information meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 633, Shasta College.
Limited open auditions and percussion auditions will be held immediately after the meeting. Otherwise, open auditions for all other instruments will be Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Shasta College Theatre. 
An online sign-up with audition requirements is available at: 
If you have any questions about the Shasta College Pre-Symphony or about scheduling auditions, please contact Dr. Brooks at or 242-2365.

Fall 2016 Performance

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:15 p.m. 
 Shasta College Theatre
Admission: $3

***Online ticket sales close 3 hrs. and 30 mins. prior to the event***

Seats are still available even if "SOLD OUT" is listed for the online ticket sales.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office which opens one hour prior to the start of the event.
Theatre entry doors for seating open one half hour prior to the start of the event.

The Shasta Pre-Symphony Orchestra is now entering its 12th season under the direction of Dr. Matthew Brooks. The Orchestra is a course offering of Shasta College, and affiliated with the Shasta Symphony Orchestra. The Shasta Pre-Symphony Orchestra is a college course for .5 units; as such, students not only gain the opportunity to perform in a quality orchestral setting, they also may earn college credit prior to graduating from high school. ​  

Pre-symphony violin section
Shasta College Pre-Symphony - Violin Section 

We are always looking for new members; so, if you play a musical instrument well (especially a string instrument), read music, and live within driving distance of Redding, California, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Dr. Brooks at

Mission Statement  

Our mission is to provide young music students the opportunity to participate in a performing ensemble that includes regular and frequent rehearsals in an educational setting alongside performers of the highest caliber. The objectives for this orchestra are:

  • Develop instrumental and performance skills.
  • Develop interested and discriminating listeners.
  • Develop music appreciation through study and performance of quality orchestral literature as well as general music education.
  • Provide an opportunity for students from community-wide schools and diverse educational backgrounds to work together.