The West Coast Youth Orchestra, formerly known as the West Coast Music Academy Orchestra, consists of a Junior Strings-; Senior Strings-; Woodwind-; Percussion-; and Symphony Orchestra, and is based in Langebaan, South Africa.
After years of successes and growth, the WCMA Orchestra was ready to become an entity on its own. Sophia Welsh - Director of the South African National Youth Orchestra - supported us, advised us to register, and towards the end of August 2013, the West Coast Youth Orchestra was registered as a Non Profit Company (NPC 2013/173339/08).
Call for auditions were advertised in the local Newspapers, and sent to all schools in the Western Coast area. During the WCMA Prize-giving on 23 November 2013, the various orchestras and their members were announced. Click here to view orchestra members.
The NPC open doors for endless possibilities, not only for the current orchestra members, but also for the less privileged children in the West Coast. Calls for funding will be made to assist WCYO Staff and players to reach out to other communities and schools by teaching them orchestral instruments. Funding will mainly be used for the purchasing of instruments, transport, costs of teachers, books and other teaching aids.
To discover, develop, stimulate, inspire and formally educate musically talented young people, from all backgrounds, to reach their full musical potential.
Our mission is to foster a lifelong passion and appreciation of classical music for all children and youth in the West Coast community. To achieve our mission we will implement a structured, professional classical music training and education programme.
We are committed to:
Delivering excellent teaching programmes to all children and young people regardless of gender and race.
Building good relationships with all people in our community.
Operating in an honest, transparent and disciplined manner at all times.
Carefully nurturing talented and budding young musicians.
- Our main goal is to create a development orchestra for newly trained musicians on the West Coast.
- To give aspiring musicians the opportunity for further musical studies, work opportunities and experience.
- To offer instrumental tuition to children living in marginalised communities on the West Coast.