BYSO: A Year Through Video

Despite the limitations of social distancing created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra musicians have persevered and worked hard to make music in a virtual format. A few videos of these special remote performances are featured below. We hope you enjoy!


BYSO (Virtually) Presents Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”
At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ students spread JOY by making music from their homes.
BYSO Presents Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
This video was put together using separate recordings filmed by students of the Boston Youth Symphony with their own cellphones, in their homes.
BYSO Intensive Community Program 2020 Holiday Concert
A special holiday celebration featuring “Air” from Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach;
“Carol of the Bells” Traditional, arranged by Janet Underhill;
“Trepak” from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Sandra Dackow

BYSO Repertory Orchestra Presents “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson
This version of “Sleigh Ride” was performed by students from the Repertory Orchestra in December 2020

A Testament of Hope – A Celebration of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
This 14th annual collaboration between the Museum of African American History and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras represents a unique partnership of history and music that highlights the words of Dr. King and the musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra. MAAH and BYSO recognize the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom and hope, past, present, and future.

We hope you have enjoyed celebrating this year of music-making with us across virtual platforms!