The Santa Rosa Symphony has appointed Aaron Westman as director of the Young People's Chamber Orchestra (YPCO), one of its four youth ensembles.

Westman, a violinist and violist who played in the Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestras in his younger years, served as acting director for the YPCO in the fall of 2010.

"We have enjoyed having Aaron on our team of music educators for a number of years, and we are delighted to see him in this new role," said Ben Taylor, Santa Rosa Symphony Director of Education. "His passion for sharing music with young people is infectious."

Westman has performed as a soloist and chamber music collaborator with several North Bay ensembles, including Agave Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra and Musica Pacifica.

He has also performed as a principal player with the American Bach Soloists, Pacific Bach Project and Magnificat Baroque Orchestra. He is a regular player with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among others.

The Young People's Chamber Orchestra is a string orchestra that works without a conductor. The director trains the musicians to interact and collaborate on a high level of music-making.

The YPCO was founded by former Santa Rosa Symphony principal violist Linda Ghidossi-Deluca in 1998. It was modeled after San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra, where she also served as principal violist.