After years of successes and growth, the WCMA Orchestra was ready to become an entity on its own. Sophia Welsh, the Director of the South African Youth Orchestra supported us, advised us to register, and towards the end of August 2013, the West Coast Youth Orchestra was registered as a Non Profit Company (NPC 2013/173339/08).
The West Coast Youth Orchestra, formarly known as the West Coast Music Academy Orchestra, consists of a Junior Strings-; Senior Strings-; Woodwind-; Percussion-; and Symphony Orchestra, and is based in Langebaan, South Africa.
Call for auditions were advertised in the local Newspapers, and sent to all schools in the Western Coast area. During the WCMA Prize-giving on 23 November 2013, the various orchestras and their members were announced. Click here to view orchestra members.
The NPC open doors for endless possibilities, not only for the current orchestra members, but also for the less privileged children in the West Coast. Calls for funding will be made to assist WCYO Staff and players to reach out to other communities and schools by teaching them orchestral instruments. Funding will mainly be used for the purchasing of instruments, transport, costs of teachers, books and other teaching aids.