Meet Our Team
Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California is a 501(c) not-for-profit public charity organization that presents innovative music education programs that serve students of all ages and ability levels, engages musicians in meaningful community service through mentorship, and fosters a positive collaborative environment for music-making that strives to unite people from many diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We are first and foremost a program that focuses on the musical journey of the student, and meet the incredible challenges of empowering their learning with innovation and flexibility in the twenty-first century. CYOSC is led by a diverse team of teachers, parents, and artistic visionaries.
Christine earned a B.Mus. from The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and served in professional positions at McKinsey & Co. and the University of Cambridge (UK). While living in Singapore, she started Music 'n Movement, a business teaching music to very young children. She came across CYOSC when searching for an orchestral home for her children, and is delighted to be part of the team. She has also worked as a piano accompanist for the Academy program.
Jenny is a private instructor and professional performer of violin and viola who has been a member of the non-profit for well over a decade in various capacities as a coach, ensemble conductor, and Academy Director. An experienced coordinator of educational music programs, she also served for many years as vice president of CYOSC's Board of Directors. She has significant experience as a Registered Suzuki Teacher and administrator for the Pasadena Suzuki Music Program.
Mr. Lau founded CYOSC in 1990, creating an independent non-profit youth orchestra from its roots in the Irvine Chinese School. A longtime conductor and teacher in the Orange County area, Mr. Lau was a visionary devoted to the musical and personal development of young people as well as the preservation of Chinese cultural music, and the orchestra performed many settings of repertoire from his homeland that he arranged and orchestrated. He served as the orchestra's President and Music Director from 1990-2005.
Administration and Operations
Board of Directors - Secretary
Director of Information Technology
Board of Directors - Manager
Information Technology Associate
Board of Directors - Treasurer
A. Chocholaty, S. Mar, G. Wie
Artistic Advisory Committee
Spring Semester 2021 Online Programs
Interim CSP Coordinator
Remote Ensemble Coordinator
Remote Ensemble Coach
Youth Orchestra Program
More information on in-person ensemble faculty for Fall 2021 (or later) will be shared in February 2021.
We are grateful for the support of the following organizations, donors, and volunteers over our past thirty years:
Open Mind Foundation
O'Melveny & Myers
Jennifer Lynn Photography
Nick Yoon Photography
Doug Fischer Memorial Scholarship Fund
2018-2020 Season Contributors
Morey's Music Store
M&R Weisshaar and Son
Roger Foster, Violinmaker
Artistic and Community Partners
The City of Irvine
Irvine Barclay Theatre
Irvine Chinese School
South Coast Chinese Cultural Center
Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley
The Arts at St. Margaret's