Honoring Our Leadership

Catherine Weiskel joined BYSO as Executive Director in 1996, bringing Federico Cortese (Fed) to lead BYSO’s artistic programming in 1999. Since then, BYSO has grown exponentially as a result of their visionary leadership. Cathy and Fed paved the way for inclusive and immersive musical opportunities, constantly exceeding the expectations of what youth orchestras can and […]

MLK Scholars Become BYSO Youth Center for Music Ambassadors

Throughout the summer, our MLK Scholars visited and learned about our new home at 235 Huntington Avenue. In the video below, they take you on a tour inside the building as renovations are underway! Hi, my name is Regiana, one of the 2023 MLK Scholars at BYSO. I have been in BYSO’s Intensive Community Program (ICP) […]

Senior Awards 2022

Each year, we award the Robert Hardt Memorial Award and the Philip J. Smith Award to seniors in the graduating class. Read about the awards and this year’s recipients below! The Robert Hardt Memorial Award The Robert Hardt Memorial Award for outstanding musical achievement is awarded every year to an outstanding BYSO senior who displays […]

BYSO Graduating Class of 2022- List of Colleges

Here is a list of the colleges that our BYSO class of 2022 will be attending in the Fall! We are so proud of all our talented seniors and so grateful for everything they have contributed to BYSO, and we know they will continue to thrive and make a difference no matter what their next […]

2021-2022 Season Appreciation

As we celebrate the end of BYSO’s 64th season, we would like to take a moment to appreciate all of the wonderful people who have helped make this season so great! Thank you to all of you for the work you’ve done this season, and for helping us continue to be adaptable, adjust to any […]

BYSO’s 64th Season Concerto Competition Winners

The winners of this year’s virtual concerto competition are… Boston Youth Symphony Winner: Alexander Erlich-Herzog, Clarinet. Mozart, Clarinet Concerto in A Major. Repertory Orchestra Winners: Eileen Ho, Violin. Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, mvt. 1 Abigail Shin, Violin. Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, mvt. 1 Congratulations to everyone that […]

In Memoriam: Edward Berkeley

It is with the deepest of sadness that BYSO acknowledges the sudden passing of Ed Berkeley, our beloved opera Stage Director.  On July 19 Ed died just before the opening of a production of “The Magic Flute” that he staged at the Aspen Music Festival. “Ed has been a crucial partner in our opera […]

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! We hope you have enjoyed celebrating this year of music-making with […]

BYSO’s 63rd Season Concerto Competition Winners

The winners of this year’s virtual concerto competition are… Boston Youth Symphony Winner: Sean Jang, violin, Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy Repertory Orchestra Winner: Alette Williams, violin, Mendelssohn-Violin Concerto, Movement 1 Boston Youth Symphony Honorable Mention: Emily DeNucci, flute. Ibert, Flute Concerto Repertory Orchestra Honorable Mention: Sofia Zhao, flute, Chaminade – Flute Concertino Honorable Mention: Karthik […]

Welcome to the 63rd Season!

Welcome back, BYSO students! BYSO’s historic 63rd season began last Sunday with virtual rehearsals. With the help of a variety of online software, brand new Bumblebee microphones, and the adaptability and positive attitudes of our students, all ensembles had a successful first rehearsal. Every BYSO student received a new Bumblebee microphone prior to the start […]