BYSO has served thousands of young musicians as one of the largest and most comprehensive youth orchestras in the United States. BYSO has evolved from a single orchestra to one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations, with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, two young string training orchestras, six chamber orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, a chamber music program, and a nationally recognized training program that provides rigorous instruction to students from underrepresented communities. Each year, BYSO auditions approximately 850 students from throughout New England, ages 5–18, and accepts nearly 500 young musicians.

Boston Youth Symphony (BYS)

BYSO’s premier full symphonic orchestra conducted by Federico Cortese

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Repertory Orchestra (REP)

A full symphonic orchestra composed of players with strong technical and musical ability conducted by Mark Miller

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Full symphonic orchestra of students developing orchestral performance skills conducted by John Holland

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Children’s orchestra of promising string players conducted by Marta Zurad

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Young ensemble of wind and brass players developing skills for entrée into a full orchestra conducted by Janet Underhill

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Petit Ensemble (PE)

BYSO’s newest ensemble with our youngest string players conducted by Marta Zurad

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