Ralph Matesky, music director of the Stockton Symphony and Doris Byron, assistant Concertmistress of the Stockton Symphony and string teacher at Edison High School, form an orchestra string ensemble for talented, school-age musicians.
The orchestra adds on winds and percussion. Through the vision of Arthur J. Holton, Sr., Chairman of the division of Arts and Letters at San Joaquin Delta College, it becomes a community service activity of the College, in cooperation with the Stockton Symphony Association, Stockton Unified School District and San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Kyung-Soo Won, music director and conductor of the Stockton Symphony and faculty at San Joaquin Delta College, takes the helm of the orchestra under its new name - Stockton Symphony Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra is reorganized and named the Central Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYS). Parents and interested community members accept jurisdiction in cooperation with the Stockton Symphony Association. Ron Caviani, associate professor in composition, theory and orchestration at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, is selected as the conductor.
Michael Allard, associate professor of Applied Music at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, becomes the orchestra's conductor.
The orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
CVYS becomes an independent, non-profit organization. During their nine-concert tour through Australia and New Zealand, the orchestra wins the gold medal at the International Music Festival in the Sydney Opera House.
Thomas Derthick assumes the baton. Mr. Derthick has been a lecturer in bass at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music since 1988. He is also principal bassist of the Cabrillo Music Festival and Sacramento Philharmonic. The orchestra performs to standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, NYC.
CVYS returnes to Carnegie Hall and receives a five-minute standing ovation.
University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music assumes full leadership of the orchestra.
The orchestra is re-named the Pacific Youth Orchestra.
Shane Kalbach, long-time music educator in Lincoln Unified School District, assumes the baton of the Pacific Youth Symphony.