The Seattle youth Symphony Orchestras develop appreciation for classical music, cultivates the musical abilities and provides a path to performance excellence for diverse, talented youth in the Pacific Northwest through participation in youth orchest... Read more
The Seattle youth Symphony Orchestras develop appreciation for classical music, cultivates the musical abilities and provides a path to performance excellence for diverse, talented youth in the Pacific Northwest through participation in youth orchestras, summer music programs and partnerships with local public schools.
The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras:
Develops appreciation for classical music, cultivates the musical abilities and provides a path to performance excellence for diverse, talented youth in the Pacific Northwest through participation in youth orchestras, music festivals and outreach programs;
Introduces a new generation of musicians to the classical music repertoire;
Provides programs for all qualified music students, regardless of ability to pay;
Promotes self-confidence, dedication, and skill;
Partners with public schools to acquaint students with less common orchestral instruments such as viola, trombone, string bass, french horn, tuba and bassoon by offering group instruction on those instruments in the classroom;
Presents oustanding public performances that showcase the growing skills and mastery of material of hundreds of young performers;
Provides opportunities for students to work and study with prominent professional musicians;
Enhances the total music experience of participating students through outreach and cooperation with other educational and musical institutions in the region;
Encourages individual excellence by sponsoring an annual concerto competition;
Involves the greater Seattle community in the excitement of classical music performance by offering free concert tickets to local non-profit and civic organizations and their clients, including: schools, human services organizations, senior and community centers, and organizations serving children.
Seattle Symphonette Orchestra The Symphonette serves as a wonderful arena for younger, less-experienced musicians to gain valuable experience in the world of performance. The repertoire is varied and serves as a valuable introduction to the orchestral experience. Students in the Symphonette Orchestra typically advance to the Debut Symphony. Anna Edwards conducts. Seattle Debut Symphony Orchestra Founded in 1946 as a training group for YSO, it was called the "Little Symphony" until 1990. The group remains the organization's biggest with around 130 members. Students in the Debut Orchestra typically advance to the Junior and Classical Orchestras. Mark Adamo conducts. Seattle Junior Symphony Orchestra The Junior Symphony is approximately the same size as the Youth Symphony with close to 120 players, and is is on a skill level comparable to the Classical Symphony. The repertoire played by the Junior Symphony is varied, and challenging. Both orchestras typically feed into the Youth Symphony. Marcus Tsutakawa conducts. Seattle Classical Symphony Orchestra Our newest orchestra, founded in 1997, focuses on music from the middle to late eighteenth century or 'classical' period in Western art music, and newer music for small orchestra. It is SYSO's smallest orchestra, with approximately 65 members. The Classical Symphony is on a skill level comparable to the Junior Symphony Orchestra. Both orchestras typically feed into the Youth Symphony Orchestra. David Upham conducts. Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra This nationally recognized orchestra consists of about 120 of the organization's most experienced players. Repertoire includes a variety of styles from early music to world premieres. The orchestra performs three regular season concerts in Benaroya Hall. The Youth Symphony, founded in 1942 by Francis Aranyi, is SYSO's flagship orchestra.