Camellia Juniors and Camellia Cadets Orchestras

Youth orchestras for high school and middle school string students

Camellia Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has 2 student orchestras: Camellia Juniors Orchestra (CJO) for grades 9-12 and Junior Cadets (CJC) for grades 6-8. This program is for string students who want to play in an orchestra and either are not offered the opportunity at their school or wish to expand their musical opportunities.

General Program Information:

The season runs from Sept. – May.

There will be 3-4 regular performances plus other community performances as opportunities arise.

Rehearsals begin

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.


The 1st concert will be at the Sac City College’s new Performing Arts Center prior to the Symphony Concert. Practice: 5:15, Perform 6:00.


If there is an orchestra at your school, you will need to be a participant or make arrangements with the teacher. This will be verified.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at Sutter MS. Cadets are from 6:00-7:15pm & Juniors are from 7:30-8:45.

To help cover the cost, we ask each member for a chair sponsorship of $250.

The sponsorship entitles the sponsor to 2 season passes to the Camellia Symphony concerts.Download Program Sponsorship Form

CJO & CJC members attend Symphony concerts for free.


Auditions are used to develop a quality ensemble. However, the idea is not to frighten applicants but rather to establish the level of the group as a whole.

Date & Time of Auditions:

Students can schedule an audition throughout the year by calling or emailing the Camellia office.

Contact Page

Times assigned upon receipt of your application.

Download Application

Where the Audition will take place:

Sutter Middle School, 3150 “I” Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 Room 110.

What to Play:

1) A scale of your choice; CJO – 2 octave, CJC – 1 octave

2) Short prepared solo. Select a SHORT piece that shows your best

3) Short sight-reading

Adjudicators will score musicians on the following: Intonation – Technique – Tone & Vibrato- Sight-reading ability – Rhythm – Musicianship

You will be notified of your results within 2 weeks.