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BYSO Today
Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest youth orchestra programs, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) is recognized as a model organization in music and arts education. BYSO serves nearly 500 students from more than 120 communities throughout New England. Since 1958, BYSO has been in residence at Boston University.

The mission of BYSO is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K–12, and making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach.

Under the leadership of Music Director Federico Cortese, BYSO has become one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, six chamber orchestras, two string training orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, a chamber music program, and the Intensive Community Program, a nationally recognized string training program for underrepresented communities.

 
Boston Youth Symphony,  Federico Cortese Conductor, performing at Symphony Hall, October 2013 - Photo by Michael J. Lutch

BYSO has built a strong international presence with tour performances in worldrenowned venues.

Since 2008, Mr. Federico Cortese has incorporated a robust opera program and every year BYSO’s premier orchestra presents a full semi-staged opera.

In 2012 BYSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced a new partnership BYSO/BSO: Partnering for the Future.

 
Boston Youth Symphony members backstage at Symphony Hall, November 2013 - Photo by Stu Rosner



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BYSO's OPERA PROGRAM

 
Photos by Stu Rosner

BYSO's PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


Photo by Stu Rosner



BYSO'S INTENSIVE COMMUNITY PROGRAM


Photo by Pamela Green


BYSO's UPCOMING CONCERTS


Photo by Stu Rosner

BYSO / BSO: Partnering for the Future
In residence at Boston University