Silicon Valley Alliance Church Life Orchestra

is a highly acclaimed youth orchestra in the Bay Area, it's performances have been warmly received by many audiences for the past 16 years.





  • Several performances each season.
  • Chamber Ensemble Performances.
  • Sectional Coaching with professional musicians.
  • Advanced players may be chosen to play a solo concerto with the orchestra.



Every Wednesday evening between 6:45pm - 9:00pm in the sanctuary of Silicon Valley Alliance Church.




Andrew Chan (Music Director and Conductor) at (408) 945-1509 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christine Au (Conductor - Junior Life Orchestra) at (408) 425-2421



History of Life Orchestra

The Life Orchestra is part of the Outreach ministry of the Silicon Valley Alliance Church. Since its debut in September 1999, the Life Orchestra has presented numerous performances.


The Life Orchestra was honored to be invited by the Berryessa Chinese School as a guest performer in the school's Spring Program 2000 Concert, and participated in the Spring Concert of the Voices of the Valley - a choral group in the San Francisco Bay Area. The critically acclaimed 2001 Annual Concert, held in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (MVCPA), was the orchestra's major milestone. By winning an MVCPA's invitation to return to the venue and presented an encore performance for the celebration of the center's 10th anniversary, the Life Orchestra is recognized as one of the Bay Area promising youth orchestras.


Apart from the music training, the Life Orchestra offers a great experience for young musicians to learn about art and life in a religious environment. Instructors and parents collaborate to bring forth the Life Orchestra a valuable experience.



Conductors Biography

Andrew Chan - (Music Director and Conductor - Life Orchestra)

Holder of the F.T.C.L., L.R.S.M., and L.T.C.L. Diplomas in Violin Performance, Andrew Chan was formerly a First Violinist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. A scholarship recipient in violin performance, he studied with Harrison Ryker, Ben Cruft and Harry Curby in Australia . He was concertmaster with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sinfonia, where he made recordings and performed as soloist in violin concertos.


An experienced violin teacher, Andrew Chan was also a Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), the Chinese University of Hong Kong , and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He conducted the Symphony Orchestras & String Orchestras of both St. Stephen's College and St. Paul 's Co-educational College. He was also a frequent guest speaker for the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Chinese University on musical topics.


Since he moved to USA in 1996, Andrew has been busy teaching and performing. He has given several solo recitals in California, the most recent one being July 2002 performing in a Violin-Piano Duo. Andrew also performed in a violin solo concert sponsored by the Learners Chorus in Hong Kong December, 2002. Andrew is currently teaching violin in the South Bay . His latest appointment is the Music Director of Apoco Ensemble in 2003.


While he was in training in Sydney, Australia Andrew received Christ and attended the Sydney Chinese Presbyterian Church. After he returned to Hong Kong , he served faithfully at The Wanchai Church of the Chinese Christian Church as the Music Director of the Praise Ensemble. He also played for the Hong Kong Christian Orchestra, which gave a lot of musical offerings and ministered to many churches in Hong Kong . Andrew was appointed Music Director of the Silicon Valley Alliance Church Life Orchestra in 1999.



Christine Au - (Conductor - Junior Life Orchestra)


Christine Au started to play violin at the age of six. She received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University. She has been teaching K to G12 music since 2006. Christine is currently a music teacher at Chinese Christian School and the director of the String Orchestras.





For Life Orchestra, please be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One slow and melodic solo piece
  2. One fast tempo piece, demonstrating technique Scales & Arpeggios: 
    2 octaves of any one of the following: G major, A major, Bb major, and C major. 
    Advanced students may play 3 octaves.
  3. Sight reading.



For Junior Life Orchestra, please be prepared to perform the following:

  1. One solo piece of you choice.
  2. 2 octaves of G and C major scales.
  3. Sight reading.



Application and Membership Fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of $10 applicable towards the tuition fee when the applicant has passed the audition. The annual membership fee is $350, due by July 15 of the year prior to the next season. There will also be a $100 deposit due once the applicant has passed the audition and is accepted into the orchestra. This is refundable upon good attendance of not more than 5 absences (or the equivalent of a total of 10 tardiness or leaving early) in the entire season.


Please write all checks payable to: 'Silicon Valley Alliance Church'. Also put down "Life Orchestra" and the name of the applicant on the check.


PARENT INVOLVEMENT in the Life Orchestra is expected. Every parent needs to commit to at least one task (like set up / clean up for the rehearsal or help keep young kids in order if needed) sometime during the course of the year. If your child is accepted, you will be requested to sign up for a Life Orchestra volunteer area.


Please print the form below, fill out completely and print clearly using dark ink, together with $10 application fee, and return to:


Silicon Valley Alliance Church Life Orchestra Auditions
10 Dempsey Road, Milpitas, CA 95035



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