Youth Music Monterey County supports two orchestras, a chamber music program, a brass ensemble, a woodwind ensemble, and in-school teaching and performance opportunities throughout Monterey County. Our Junior Youth and Honors Orchestras are led by professional conductor Maestro Danko Druško and feature approximately 100 student musicians.
Youth Music Monterey County was established as a 501(c)(3) organization on May 18, 1988, with the merger of two programs: the Youth Orchestra of Monterey County (est. 1981) and Summer Music Monterey (est. 1965).
Our legacy of conductors includes:
Youth Music Monterey County has fostered the excellence of local student musicians by:
Inspiring and challenging students to high levels of musical achievement
Instilling standards of excellence, responsibility, and determination
Supporting and improving academic performance
Teaching cooperation and leadership skills in a diverse environment
Communicating respect for the special contributions and abilities of young people to their families and the community at large
Nathan Nguyen '20 (violin)
"To inspire excellence in individual students and enrich our community by providing young people with opportunities to participate in, and gain greater understanding of, music and its performance."
YMM Mission Statement
A cadre of community members support YMMC programs through concert attendance, donations and sponsorships, volunteering, and grants. Your support bridges the gap between student fees and actual program cost, keeping this high-level opportunity affordable for all student musicians in Monterey County, spanning from the Peninsula to Salinas and South County communities.
Our committed network of Angels, donors, and volunteers ensures a legacy of excellence in music both now and for the future. You are invited to join this very special musical family!