California Youth Chinese Symphony

Next Generation of Chinese Musical Heritage

2014 CCOM Exam - Nov 1 and 2


Exam Date: November 1 and November 2, 2014
Address: 4620 Fortran Dr, San Jose, CA 95134

Registration is now available. Last date to register for the exam is October 10, 2014 (Friday). Registration fees must be received by October 24.

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Community News

Symphony Concert - Riverside Scene At Qingming Festival

   Time: 9/11/2014 清明上河图海报7:00PM

Address: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612

《清明上河图》组曲以中原音乐素材为基础, 融合豫剧、曲剧、越调、民歌、四平调传统音乐的精华元素, 在突出民族旋律的同时,也加进了西方交响乐的元素,衬托出古都盛世的宏伟壮丽,将《清明上河图》的意境转化为音乐语言。

ABOUT The Scroll of a Riverbank Scene at the Qing Ming Festival

Created by China’s nationally well renowned composer Shi Zhiyou, The Scroll of a Riverbank Scene at the Qing Ming Festival is a symphonic masterpiece that echoes the prosperous times both retrospectively and prospectively. To do so, he spent 20 years travelling along the Yellow River, to towns and villages, picking up elements from Henan Opera, from the Four Flat Ornament and from folk songs and melodies. Adopting the title from the aforementioned painting which he explains musically and vibrantly in the 16 poetic episodes of different colors and fragrances, he blends the styles of the China Central Plain Music and Western Symphonic Music into one and into the one of a kind magnificence that resounds in contemporary music.


Upcoming Classes

2014 Free Summer Music Program

    Summer outreach program teachin early aged chinese percussion.   Liuqin


  • To promote Chinese music and instruments & inspire children an interest in music


  • June 22 – July 27 (6 weeks)
  • 6/22 (orientation – view schedule), 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 (recital)


  • Minimum age varies. Adults: please contact regarding class availability if interested.
  • No experience required.                           


  • To register, fill out the online registration form.        Those registered: check your class assignment here.
  • Non-refundable registration fees: $40.
  • Each student can only register for one instrument (including Chinese percussion).
  • Already registered but still need to pay for the registration fees? Pay by Paypal

Class Size

  • Limited. Size varies depending on instruments.
  • Placement to class is first come first serve after registration completes. If two sessions are available, students are assigned to the appropriate session based on student’s age.
  • Registration after a class is full will be automatically placed on a waiting list.

Class Schedule

Entry Level Dizi Instructor: Jun Gao max: 9 students
max: 9 students
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
min age: 7
Entry Level Erhu Instructor: Yongping Tian max: 9 students
max: 9 students
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
min age: 7
Entry Level Pipa Instructor: Hecheng Liu max: 9 students 10:30am – 11:30am min age: 7
Entry Level Liuqin
Entry Level Zhonruan
Instructor: Hecheng Liu max: 9 students 9:30am – 10:30am min age: 7
Entry Level Yangqin Instructor: Duny Lam max: 6 students 9:30am – 10:30am min age: 7
Entry Level Sheng Instructor: Wanpeng Guo max: 4 students 10:30am – 11:30am min age: 9
Entry Level Cello

Instructor: Alan Yang max: 8 students
max: 8 students
9:30am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:30am
min age: 7
Entry Level Guzheng
Instructor: Hua Yang max: 6 students
max: 6 students
10:30am – 11:30am
11:30am – 12:30pm
min age: 7
Chinese Percussion

Instructor: Duny Lam max: 15 students
max: 15 students
10:30am – 11:30am (Aged 5-6)
11:30am – 12:30pm (Aged 7-8)
age: 5-8

Selecting an instrument

  • Please see our instruments section for an introduction on the different instruments.
  • See videos on Youtube on performances on the various Chinese instruments.
  • Avoid switching instruments after first day of class as we may not able to get instrument for you.

Instrument Rental / Purchase

  • Each student is required to have his or her instrument for class participation (except Chinese percussion where drums will be provided during class).
  • Students who do not have instruments are recommended to rent or purchase from CYCS. From past experiences, many instruments purchased elsewhere do not meet up with the quality expectation.
  • For all instruments (Chinese & Western instruments), rental or purchase must be indicated during registration time so instruments can be prepared in advance.
Instruments Rental Fees Rental Duration Remarks Purchase Price Range
Dizi no rental n/a $80 (G key)
Sheng no rental n/a to be updated
Liuqin $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 to be updated
Zhongruan $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 to be updated
Yangqin $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 $700-$1000
Erhu $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 $300-$700
Guzheng $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 $300-$700
Pipa $80 6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 $400-$1000
Chinese Drum
$30 (small)
$50 (medium)
6/22 – 8/24 $10/week penalty after 8/25 not for sale
Cello varies 6/22 – 9/22 2 credit cards & driver license provided by C&L Music
  • For Chinese instruments:
    • Rental fees is $80 for 2 months. Students may take instrument home for practice. Rental fees is payable at the time of registration. If CYCS cannot fulfill the rental, rental fees will be refunded in full.
    • If students are interested to continue and decide to purchase the instrument, the rental fees already paid may be subtracted from the purchase price of the instrument as long as the purchase is on or before 8/24/2013
    • Guzheng & Yangqin rental: an additional security deposit of $100 will be payable on the first day of class. The security deposit will be refunded when the instrument is returned to us.
    • Students should take good care of the instruments. Any broken strings or parts that need major repair will be charged separately.
  • For cello:
    • Instruments can be rented or purchased from C&L Music (510-252-9768). If renting instrument, students do not need to contact C&L music as long as rental is indicated in the registration.
    • Two credit cards and a driver license are required to rent an instrument.
    • There is a three-month minimum rental. Monthly rent occurs upon completion of the three months. Up to 80% of the rental credit can be applied to the purchase of the instrument. All rental credit is forfeited upon return of the rental instrument.

Other Information

  • Students will be required to bring their own music stand to class. Music stand can be purchased in any music store.
  • In each class, we will need one to two parent volunteers to be the class parent assisting teacher copy music sheets, set up chairs, etc.
  • Learn from some of the finest professional Chinese instrument masters. See instructors info.
  • Students will have the opportunity to perform with other students in the summer recital on 7/27/2014.
  • Interested students may continue to learn the instruments in the Fall program starting in September 2014. See instrument class program. A brief audition will be conducted at the end of the summer session for students who are interested to join the year long program. Audition schedule will be announced.
  • Scholarships are available for zhongruansuonasheng students in Fall season.


  • Develop motor skills through acquiring playing techniques of the Chinese traditional instruments.
  • Strengthen listening skills, concentration and discipline and reinforce teamwork and cooperation through playing music with other students.
  • Equip children with basic skills for self-expression and encourage creativity.



6-Week Chinese Ensemble Class


Class Dates:

  • 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 (recital)  11:30am-12:30pm


  • Students who play Chinese instruments (including Cello) for at least 1 year.
  • Great for existing CYCS junior group beginning or intermediate students.

Class Content:

  • Students will play Chinese folk music in an ensemble with other students.
  • Improve sight-reading and ensemble performance skills.
  • Students will perform on 7/27 with other summer program students.


  • Yongping Tian

Class Fees:

  • $60 (check payable to “CYCS”)

To Enroll:

  • Send an email to with student’s name, age, instrument, phone and email address.


Recent Past Performances

CYCS Family Recital

May 18, 2014 (Sunday) 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

CYCS, 4800 Patrick Henry Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054 (enter from back of building)

Enjoy an afternoon of Chinese music from CYCS students, both junior and senior group for their end of season performance.

Performance includes erhu ensemble, dizi ensemble, guzheng ensemble, pipa ensemble, plucked instrument ensemble, Chinese orchestra, and ensemble of this year’s graduating seniors. Students interested in the free summer music program are welcome to attend to get familiar with the instruments.


2014 Colorful Melody Concert

2014 Colorful Melody Concert

2014 Colorful Melody Concert


Date: March 16, 2014 (Sunday) 2:30 PM
Venue: Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University
471 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94035

California Youth Chinese Symphony (CYCS) annual concert performed by more than 100 members of orchestra, junior orchestra, faculty and in collaboration with Stanford Chinese Ensemble. The concert will focus on Chinese classical masterpieces composed and arranged by Mr. Liu Wenjing, including Jasmine Flower, Ambush from All Sides, Great Wall Cappricio, My Home CountrySpirit of Taishan and more.

Conductor: Jindong Cai, professor and conductor of Stanford University. Joined by Ms. Zhao Cong, renowned first class pipa virtuoso and principal pipa soloist of China National Orchestra. The music will be played by Chinese traditional instruments and the repertoire is selected in memory of the great contribution of recently passed away composer Mr. Liu Wenjing.


Chinese New Year Celebration at Fremont Main Library

Date: January 25, 2014 (Saturday) 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Venue: Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538

Bring in the Year of the Snake at our Chinese New Year Celebration. The program will be from 1-3 pm (music, storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, etc.) and crafts and exhibits will be until 4 pm. Co-Sponsored by the Citizens for a Better Community, the South Bay Chinese Club, Chinese Schools of Northern California and the Fremont Main Library. This free event if for the entire family.



9th Foster City Chinese New Year Celebration

Date: February 2, 2014 (Sunday) 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Venue: Foster City

Chinese instrument performance between 12:20pm-12:40pm by CYCS junior group musicians. Programs include dizi, guzheng, yangqin, pipa, and erhu.



2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Music Competition

February 2, 2014 (Sunday)
Sunnyvale Community Center Theatre
550 E. Remington Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Competition throughout between 10:00am – 5pm.
See competition schedule by category.
Concert & Award Ceremony at 7:00pm.
Free admission.


2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition

Feb 6, 2014 (Thursday)
Le Petit Trianon Theater,
72 North Fifth Street, San Jose CA 95112

Competition throughout between 10:30am – 5:00pm.
Concert and award ceremony at 7:00pm.

See competition schedule by category.


San Mateo Lunar New Year Celebration at Central Park

Date: February 22, 2014 (Saturday) 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Venue: San Mateo Central Park


2013 CCOM Concert Recital

2013-12-21-CCOM Concert-Flyer

2013-12-21-CCOM Concert-Flyer

Featuring examination candidates who received distinction results in this year’s CCOM exam.

Date: December 21, 2013 (Sat) 6:30 PM
Venue: Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 North Fifth Street, San Jose, CA 95112


New!  Exam certificates and brochure will be mailed out by end of next week (1/3/2014)



Watch videos from the 2013 CCOM Exam Concert Recital:

Photo Gallery:

2013-12-21 CCOM Concert Recital
2013-12-21 CCOM Concert RecitalDec 22, 2013Photos: 159

CCOM Exam - Nov 2 and 3


New (updated 2013/11/23): All evaluation forms have been mailed out. Distinction students will receive notification this week regarding concert recital. Students with score greater than 90 (except guzheng a score greater than 91) are invited to perform. 

All exam permits have been emailed to your primary email address (and any alternate email address). Exam permit is in PDF format attached in the email. If you don’t find it, please also check your junk mail folder. 

Exam permit will be emailed to you between October 16 and October 19. Registration is now available. Click here to get started. Last date to register for the exam is October 6, 2013. Registration fees must be received by October 13.

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