The YMF DEBUT ORCHESTRA is the second-oldest pre-professional training orchestra in the country and is comprised of 71 of Los Angeles' most talented 15-25-year-old musicians. The orchestra's rich history includes more than 41 world premieres, including works by such world-renowned composers as Igor Stravinsky, Ingolf Dahl, and Michael Torke. The orchestra adheres to a professional rehearsal schedule and performs the full range of orchestra literature, from Baroque to the 21st- century, including works for both chamber and full orchestra. For more than 50 consecutive seasons, the orchestra has performed admission free concerts for the public in professional venues throughout Los Angeles, with audiences totaling more than 5,000 annually.
Musicians are selected each year through blind auditions adjudicated by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other eminent Los Angeles-based musicians. Orchestra members receive a scholarship to support their studies. The presence of thousands of Debut alumni in orchestras around the world illustrates the importance and success of the training they receive.