About Us

Mission Statement

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.