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Irvine Young Concert Artists


10th Anniversary

Irvine Young Concert Artists

Seoul, Korea

In 2005, IYCA kicked off the season with four benefit concerts for Hurricane Katrina victims at Irvine’s New Song Church, the Irvine Presbyterian Church, Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, and the University Synagogue in Irvine.

Since 2005, the IYCA has performed for and at the Irvine and Mission Viejo City Councils, the Richard Nixon Library, and the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza. It has performed and been invited to perform for many noteworthy national political and celebrity figures such as Senator John Edwards, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Lou Correa, Senator Art Torres, Senator Joe Dunn, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, California Attorney General Jerry Brown, State Assemblyman Jose Solorio, Tony Mendoza, Lt. Governor John Garamendi, Mayor Beth Krom of Irvine, and the Mayors of Huntington Beach, Laguna, La Hara, Fullerton, Santa and Anaheim.

Through its charity concerts, IYCA has performed for former President Bill Clinton White House Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor Arnold Rachlis, Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Chief Campaign Manager, as well as TV personality Arianna Huffington, actresses Dame Judi Dench and Beth Broderick.

In 2009 and 2010, IYCA performed at several events hosted by law professors and politicians involved with national causes such as UCI Law School Dean Erwin Cherminsky, the Honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine, Fullerton City Councilmember Pam Keller, La Habra City Councilmember Rose Espinoza, Santa Ana Unifed School District Board Member John Palacio, and Huntington Beach Union High School District member Susan Henry. In February 2010, IYCA musicians Inje Lee, Neeraj Jain, and Sean Choi performed in the 37th Anniversary Celebration of Roe vs Wade hosted by Planned Parenthood. In May 2010, IYCA was invited to perform for Vice President Joe Biden in a special Middle East conference in Beverly Hills. 

​Since 2005, IYCA has performed and been invited for countless charities and community events -- some local, many national. These charities include the Daniel Pearl Foundation, Team Kids, Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Foundation in Washington D.C., the Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Heroes With Heart Awards, Western Youth Services, the Irvine Prevention Coalition, the Irvine Fun Fair, Sandy Segestrom’s Festival of Children, the OC Natural History Museum Annual Fundraiser, and the OC United Way. To date, IYCA has helped raise over $4000 for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, for victims and firefighters of the Orange County fires in September 2007, and the victims of the Japan Earthquake in April 2011. 

IYCA (Irvine Young Concert Artists)

Jason Chen recording with IYCA

Xian, China

The Irvine Young Concert Artists was created in September 2005 as a training orchestra dedicated to the artistic, personal, and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. Based in Irvine (CA), IYCA offers many opportunities in its detailed educational programs to provide the finest professional training for its members to develop into a recording, performing, and touring artists. During the school year, IYCA is busy at Capitol Records recording film music. During the summer, IYCA is busy touring Italy or Asia. 



IYCA at Hollywood recording studios

Beijing, China

IYJA (Irvine Young Junior Artists)

Katherine Cash, Music Director

Jonathan Berger, Composer in Residence (Stanford University)

Albert Wu, Executive Director

Great Wall, China

Seoul, Korea

George Shaw, film composer

Clara C recording with IYCA

Clara C  


Jason Chen

IYCA Concerto Program



IYCA’s musical and artistic approach towards performing offers its musicians an in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, film and pop music, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, film composers, soloists, guest artists, recording studios, and recording engineers. 

​An oasis for musical education and expression, the IYCA, through a wide range of performance opportunities, recording sessions, and instructional activities, seeks to develop in its members the full complement of skills and qualifications required of twenty-first century performers and recording artists.

IYCA encourages students to dream and to fulfill those dreams, even if the dreams will be secondary as they embark on a different career in college. The relationships formed through music are life-long and deeply meaningful. Each year, alumni return to perform and record with IYCA.

Charlie Paakaari, recording engineer


The Irvine Young Concert Artists is composed of three ensembles: IYJA, IYCA, and the IYCA Wind Ensemble. The goal for these three ensembles is to record film music & pop music at Capitol Records under GRAMMY-winning recording engineers. All IYCA recording sessions will feature music for documentaries, short films, feature films, animations, music videos, and pop albums/singles by leading film composers and pop singers.