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Welcome to BYSO's 63rd Season!

Presenting BYSO's 2020-2021 season: BYSO connects

BYSO connects us virtually with one another and with the community!

We are honored to welcome you to what will be a historic 63rd season! We are delighted to have all of you as members of the BYSO family.

This season, we have the opportunity to explore new methods of student engagement and learning. We are consistently looking to re-imagine and evolve to keep our programs imaginative, fresh and exciting for our students and the community!


Online preseasons will take place throughout August. BYS will be exploring all nine of Beethoven's symphonies as well as other Beethoven works, REP will be studying Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and JRO will be examining Verdi's La Forza del Destino, "Romeo Alone" from Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet, and Bizet's "Farandole" from L’Arlésienne.

Preseason dates:
JRO - August 10-14
REP - August 17-21
BYS - August 10-21

Intensive Community Program (ICP) members summer camp dates:
ICP JRO, REP, and BYS - August 3-7
ICP Pre-PE, PE, and YPSO - August 11-20
ICP 1st-Year Strings - August 17-21

We look forward to kicking off the season with all of our members on September 13th!

New Bumblebee Microphones

Call for Unboxing Photos and Videos!

All students will be receiving brand new Bumblebee microphones for the start of the season! We want to make each student's BYSO experience as enriching and professional as possible, and these microphones will help to enhance students' virtual musical learning experience. Please send us photos/videos of you opening your new microphone! We'll be posting these photos and videos of students unboxing their microphones with the hashtag #BYSOconnects!

"Bumblebees are social insects—if they knew about the internet and computers, they’d be doing video calls with select friends from their colony, and recording their ideas and instrument practicing to play for others. And this Bumblebee can do the same for you: with its USB interface, excellent audio quality, and super-simple setup with three sonic options (music, voice, and neutral), the Bumblebee is the perfect personal mic for laptops, desktops, tablets, and any other audio device with a USB input." Click below to learn more about Bumblebee microphones!

MusicFirst Software

This season, we'll be using MusicFirst software for online instruction, practice tools, and more! Click below to learn more about some of the apps we will be using:

Beethoven's 250th Anniversary

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven! To celebrate #Beethoven250, Boston Youth Symphony, BYSO's premier full symphonic orchestra directed by Federico Cortese, will be studying all nine of Beethoven's symphonies as well as other great Beethoven works during preseason this summer. We look forward to celebrating this great composer's life throughout the season.

Recording Projects

During this season, some of our orchestras will be working on recording projects similar to the "Ode to Joy" from last season.
Click below to watch BYSO's virtual performance of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" that our students created in April as part of 2020's #Beethoven250 celebration!

Enhanced Chamber Music Offerings

Our robust Chamber Music program will continue virtually this season in a new, exciting way.

Click below to learn more about BYSO's chamber music program!

We look forward to this unique season! Stay tuned for more to come! #BYSOconnects