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Chamber Music Performance

February 22, 7 PM at The Old Church

Join us for an evening of chamber music at The Old Church on February 22, 7 PM. All four ensembles will perform for an evening of strings and brass. This will be an intimate evening of music in a charming, historic landmark with some of the best acoustics anywhere.

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Gala Volunteers Needed!

There’s still time to sign up to volunteer at our 2016 Gala! We will be holding our second Gala planning meeting on February 27th at Roseway Heights at 12:30 pm. Join us if you’d like to help procure items for our auction, be a table captain, or to volunteer during the gala. If you’re not able to make it and would still like to help, email Cari at cbaermann@playmys.org.

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Schnitzer Concert Videos For Sale

November Downtown Series Opener November 2015Didn't catch the most recent concert, or just want to hear it again? We have all or part the last concert for purchase. Just visit this link to buy, watch, and listen now!

News & Updates

The CRESCENDO Continues

Standing for Joy!


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Join us for the 3rd Annual Gala on April 8th, 2016 at Castaway for cocktails and dinner, live and silent auctions, and student performances. Tickets available for purchase now!

Contact Cari Baermann for information at 503-239-4566 or cbaermann@playmys.org

A Night to Remember

Yo-Yo Ma and the MYSfits

MYS's premier string ensemble, the MYSfits, was invited by the Oregon Symphony to provide pre-concert entertainment at the Schnitzer Concert Hall prior to Yo-Yo Ma’s Portland recital.

As the students played, the music enticed Yo-Yo Ma to the lobby! He borrowed a cello and sat in with our musicians then without realizing it, 15 of our students suddenly became chamber partners with one of the greatest musicians of our time.


Watch Video: Yo-Yo Ma and the MYS Fits Pre-recital Entertainment

After finding out that the MYSfits did not have tickets to attend his sold out recital, Yo-Yo arranged to have 17 chairs set up on either side of him ON STAGE, and our students were treated to an intimate chamber music experience the likes of which they will never forget.

As Mr. Ma sat to perform his encore, he announced: "Let me be absolutely clear, I am the MYSfit on this stage."

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to Yo-Yo Ma and the Oregon Symphony, for an experience that we will treasure for the rest of our lives!

"What an amazing night. Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most charismatic and entertaining people, not to mention one of the absolute best musicians, that I may ever have the pleasure of meeting in my life. Getting to sit up on stage with him while he performed was so surreal and awesome. He'd often look over to smile and wink at us as he played, and he was so fun to watch... I am a spectacularly lucky person and I'm so happy I got this opportunity. Again: Wow" - Xander, MYSfit Violist

MYS Partnership with Portland Summer Ensembles

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Portland Summer Ensembles (PSE) as PSE joins operations with MYS. 

Portland Summer Ensembles

Now in its seventh year, PSE is a one-week chamber music workshop for young musicians for strings (including bass), piano and percussion.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jun Iwasaki, current concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony and the Oregon Symphony’s concertmaster from 2007-2011, and with faculty from the Oregon Symphony and area universities, this year’s camp is scheduled for July 18-23, 2016.  We would love to have you join us for an amazing week of music making!  To register and for more information go to portlandsummerensembles.org.   Auditions for this year’s camp are scheduled for February 12-14.  Please give us a call in the MYS office at 503-239-4566 if you have any questions.

NEW LOGO_Horn OnlyThe mission of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony is to educate, develop and promote young musicians. We enroll nearly 450 youth from 10 counties in the region, ages 5-18, in 12 orchestra, band and jazz ensembles each year. MYS is one of the largest youth music organizations in the country and one of the few offering a jazz program. Students need only one year of experience to join, and none are turned away due to financial circumstances beyond their control. Learn More about MYS >>