Red Note Youth Orchestra is a member of ARS Musica, A Non-profit Charitable Organization operating exclusively for Educational and Charitable Purposes.


All prospective musicians are required to complete and mail an application for each concert season. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required to process your application.


Cultivate musical excellence and a spirit of cooperation in young musicians. Be committed to the principles of comprehensive inclusiveness, that being, no child is denied access to a musical education that includes performance.

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Michael Hemsworth serves as the executive director in addition to being the founder of NewSongs Music School of On a Different Note music programs for special needs students in Elk Grove.

Michael holds a music degree from University of CA, Davis as well as a Masters in Business Administration.  He enjoys raising a family of three children in the community and helping provide students with a well-rounded and creative education.  He also enjoys writing for children, playing the piano, and helping expose children to styles of music they may never have explored before.