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Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra

Auditions Are Now Open Every Saturday

Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra

We welcome you to join Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra in order to play music with other talented young musicians, gain valuable knowledge to help improve your own skills, and, of course, have fun while making beautiful music! 

Instruments: All Standard Orchestral Instruments are welcome including Saxophone

Auditions are now Open on EVERY SATURDAY!

Audition is FREE

PAFO accepts video auditions.

What does a PAFO audition entail?

The audition process lasts approximately 10 minutes

  1. Solo Piece of your choice. Bring an extra copy of your audition music for the panel to reference.

  2. Scales of your choice. 



Can I request a specific audition time?


Please contact Kelly Chu if you need a specific audition time.


What is the time commitment for the PAFO?


PAFO rehearsals generally take place weekly between mid-September and the first week of May. In addition to weekly rehearsals, there are two term concerts and a few other events. See the schedule of the season here.


Rehearsal schedule:
Saturday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.


Rehearsal location:
Pacific Academy Multi Purpose Room
4947 Alton Parkway

Irvine, CA 92604

About PAF Orchestra

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PAF Orchestra's mission is to provide the opportunity for talented young musicians to perform advanced music and reach their highest levels. The Orchestra will perform charity concerts and reach out to communities with high-quality music.


You will have the opportunity to:

•  Be coached and conducted by renowned Maestro Jorge Luis Uzcátegui

•  Attend masterclasses led by professional artists

•  Participate in music competitions and music festivals

•  Perform in a variety of concert venues

•  Meet and perform with other young musicians and youth orchestras

•  Be eligible for Pacific Academy Foundation leadership opportunities

-  Foster and facilitate community building and accountability among orchestra members

   through communication and inclusiveness.

-  Modal and facilitate good rehearsal etiquette, behavior and preparation. Help with and

   tuning and set up as needed.

-  Pair student leaders with younger or newer students to help them integrate into

   the orchestra community both socially and musically.

-  Mentorship with Coaches and Conductor - Learn systems side by side with coaches

   to be able to lead effective sectionals and coaching sessions.

-  General Administrative help. Dedicated students in the Leadership Program will receive community service hours and special recognition awards for their service to the orchestra.

Our Conductor

Jorge Luis Uzcátegui

Ph.D in orchestral conducting at UCLA

First Prize at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Angeles; First Prize at the Debut Hamburg International Conducting Competition  

Maestro Gustavo Dudamel described Maestro Uzcátegui as “a young Venezuelan conductor with the highest academic education and artistic ability."


After his debuts as a pianist with the Simón Bolívar Symphony and the Venezuelan National Philharmonic at age 13, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui has gone on to perform concerts in North, Central, South America, Europe, and Asia.


Uzcátegui has conducted members from distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Uzcátegui won First Prize at the Debut Hamburg International Conducting Competition in Germany and at the Paraná Symphony International Conducting Competition in Brazil, obtaining the unanimous vote from the jury and all orchestra members. He also won First Prize at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Angeles, where he is completing his doctorate in orchestral conducting at UCLA.

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Auditions Are Now Open
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