The purpose of the Organization is to provide opportunities for young artists in Ventura County and its surrounding areas to perform with a professional symphony orchestra in front of a live audience and to provide educational and culturally enriching experiences for the communities it serves.
Facts of the Phil
- 17 years. Founded in 2000.
- Successfully performing three series of concerts per year. Debt free since inception.
- Greater Ventura County (West Valley to Ventura)
- Typically 40+ professional musicians with a professional conductor.
- Direct auditions with musicians, professors and industry professional as judges.
- Sister organizations provide awards to invited soloists following auditions.
- Number of students auditioned
- 30-60 per year (over 500 students have auditioned since inception)
- Number of students who have performed
- Typically 6-8 per concert
- Nearly 250 since inception
- Break-down of student’s education and careers:
- Alumni of our stage have gone on to distinguished careers as Musicians, Teachers, Architects, Optometrists, Physicians, Attorneys, Professors, & in Business.
- Friends and family audience. 250 to 350 paying or volunteering at each of two venues.
- Music Performed – Standard Concertos and concert pieces by the masters: J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint Saens, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Grieg, Ravel, Prokofieff, Gershwin, Liszt ---to name a few.