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The FCS orchestra program started in 2009 and has grown in popularity every year since. Students in third - eighth grade have the opportunity to choose their music concentration, focusing on either vocal instruction, orchestra, or band. Private lessons for orchestra begin for students as early as Transitional Kindergarten. Instruments included in our orchestra classes are violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

As the interest in orchestra grew, director Aimee Knight, saw the need to create a community orchestra group that offered more playing time to our students and even non-FCS middle schoolers and high schoolers, whose schools may not offer an orchestra program. Hence in 2015 the Foothill Christian Legacy Youth Orchestra was founded. FCLYO has since received numerous awards and honors, including the highest Gold Award at the Forum Music Festival in San Diego (2018) and acceptance to the New York Invitational Music Festival, which included performing a concert at Carnegie Hall (2019 & 2023).

FCLYO is open to intermediate and advanced string players from FCS and surrounding middle and high schools.

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Read an article, featuring Mrs. Knight, about what it's like Experiencing a Masterclass in Carnegie Hall!

Experiencing a Masterclass in Carnegie Hall


Aimee Knight

Orchestra Director

Aimee Knight is the orchestra director at Foothill Christian School where she has been on faculty since 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in violin and vocal performance from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado and her Masters in Music Education (M.M.Ed) from Azusa Pacific University. Aimee is also the founder and artistic director of the Foothill Christian Legacy Youth Orchestra (FCLYO) and has a private violin and viola studio. Her other interests include leading worship at Saddleback Church, musical theater, dance, and figure skating. Aimee believes strongly in the value of a Christ-centered education and is blessed to be able to educate and minister to children through music and worship.