CSUN Youth Orchestra

The Philharmonic

Dr. Dean Anderson, Conductor

Dean Anderson is frequently engaged as a guest conductor with professional orchestras around the globe. Most recently, he conducted Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Pisa, Italy and previously orchestras such as the Orquesta del Festival Gaudix Clásica in Spain, and the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana in Cervinara, Italy. He has been the Music Director and Artistic Director for the Dana Point Symphony for more than a decade.

In addition to his professional engagements. Dr. Anderson enjoys working with students and community members to help them strive for higher levels of artistic excellence. He constantly bridges the gap between professional organizations and educational institutions. He served on an international jury for the Hong Kong International Music Festival and is often invited as guest clinician with local school districts, including those in Riverside, Santa Ana, and Irvine. He has initiated collaborative events between his orchestral ensembles and local schools and churches in order to help fund their special programs. Mr. Anderson is also the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine and the Director of Orchestral Studies at La Sierra University.

Dr. Anderson completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian and violin with John McLeod at the University of Missouri - Columbia. Additionally, he has participated in conducting workshops with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan.

Philharmonic Rehearsal Schedule

Download the rehearsal schedule (PDF)

Rehearsals begin at 3pm and end at 6pm. Please be seated 10 minutes prior to rehearsal time and warm up and tune carefully. Please have your instrument, music, music stand and a pencil at every rehearsal. 

The Concerto Competition

Every year, members of the Philharmonic Orchestra compete for a spot to perform a solo work with the orchestra. Auditions are at the beginning of every season. Email for more information.