Los Angeles Children's Orchestra
The Los Angeles Children's Orchestra (LACO) is considered one of the finest children's orchestras in the world. Children throughout Southern California come to participate in this orchestra. In addition to winning top honors at prestigious regional and national competitions, SPCO has been featured on local and national television and has appeared in numerous publications. In 2009 the orchestra won the World Record for the youngest orchestra ever recorded to perform at Carnegie Hall.
The hallmarks of this orchestra are the high level of playing for such a young group, and the exciting performances, including television appearances, concerts, and trips. We have already begun fundraising efforts for the orchestra's return trip to Carnegie Hall in 2013.
Susan Pascale, the orchestra director, attributes the success of the orchestra to the program's motivating teaching style, as well as emphasis on good form and quality instruction from an early age. Many of the orchestra members started with the Strings Program, in the KinderPiano® and KinderViolin® programs using the Pascale Method®.
Orchestra participants go up to 12 years of age, or 6th grade. Our graduates go on to to win the best seats in the most prestigious youth orchestras and music programs.
How to join LACOAcceptance into the Children's Orchestra is by audition only. Students must be studying with a teacher in the Strings Program. Many students start in the Training Orchestra. When they feel they are ready, they audition for LACO. If accepted, students are expected to take a seating audition in September. There are two semesters of Children's Orchestra each year: September through December, and January through May.
For more information about the Los Angeles Children's Orchestra or the Training Orchestra please contact Susan Pascale.