Dedicated artistic leadership, with exceptional credentials and experience, develop and nurture the music performance ability of our young musicians. Advanced ensembles develop soloist performance skills while instilling professional disciplines as orchestra members.
Heather Barclay - Music Director
Alyze Dreiling – Conductor Emeritus
To follow Ms. Dreiling’s current activities, please visit www.alyzedreiling.com.
Ulli Reiner – Conductor Emeritus
To follow Ms. Reiner’s current activities, please visit www.ureiner.com.
Since 2015, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with Palomar College, has offered a Percussion Ensemble for advanced percussion players age 15-25 to perform music from the vast array of percussion ensemble literature. Ensemble members learn different and unusual techniques of playing styles and experience the use of a variety of percussion instruments, both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists.
Musicians are required to have a practice pad, instrument, and pencil for all online classes. Music will be provided by email.
Junior Ensemble musicians should have a minimum of 1-year experience. Senior Ensemble musicians should have 3+ years experience. The fee is $100 for the 8-week session. Rehearsals vary in length from 45-minutes to 2-hours depending on the need for breakout sessions. An audition is required and includes a solo for snare drum, marimba, and tympani. Auditionees are encouraged to play pieces that best reflects their abilities. For additional information or to schedule an audition please contact Heather Barclay at (619) 890-0161.
DANSE MACABRE performed by the YPO Senior Percussion Ensemble, Summer 2020.
Three Videos from the YPO Junior Percussion Ensemble, Summer 2020:
In lieu of the mid-semester concert, and in anticipation of the Covid-19 lockdown, the musicians recorded a final in-class performance! CLICK HERE!
VIDEO from ‘We Got the Beat’ concert at Palomar College on March 10, 2019:
VIDEO SAMPLES from ‘Brass-tastic’ concert at Palomar College on April 28, 2019:
Escaping a Nightmare: https://youtu.be/qegmvHmMgVU
Dots and Dashes: https://youtu.be/OJEEnDdSn1c
Heather Barclay is a professional percussionist and has been performing and teaching since 1984. Ms. Barclay earned her Bachelor of Arts, Performance and Certification of Music Education at The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, WI and her Master of Fine Arts in Performance at United States International University in San Diego, CA. Her instructors include Linda Raymond Siegel, Tele Lesbines, Tatsuo Sasaki, Stanley Finck, and Raynor Carroll. Ms. Barclay is a freelance percussionist and tympanist in Southern California. She was the principal percussionist with the International Chamber Players and a substitute percussionist in the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Nova. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Civic Orchestra, the International Symphony Orchestra of Tijuana and the Tijuana Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Ballet, among numerous others. In addition, she has performed solo recitals in California, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Ms. Barclay is also a private instructor of percussion and tympani. She has been teaching since 1984 and has coached and conducted several award winning percussion ensembles along with drum lines for many high school marching bands. Along with the YPO Percussion Ensemble, she is currently teaching at Palomar College, and coaching at Westview High School and Mesa Verde Middle School. She maintains a very active studio in Poway, California.