Quick Info

No Rehearsals Nov 29

We'll resume after Thanksgiving. Have a great holiday! Don't forget to keep practicing!

December 7 Call Sheet

For students performing

December 7 Call Sheet

Need info about where and when to be at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on December 7 for rehearsal and stage time? View the Call Sheet for when your group is expected to go on stage.

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Upcoming Auditions

Join MYS in January


Our mid-year placement auditions will be held January 7 & 8, from 3 to 8pm, at a to-be-determined location. Register Now and MYS will notify you as soon as the audition schedule is available.

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Jazz News

All-Year Auditions

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MYS is now auditioning jazz students throughout the whole year. The next placement auditions for advanced and intermediate groups will be held on January 3rd from 12 to 2:30pm at Roseway Heights School (7334 NE Siskiyou, Portland, OR 97213).

News & Updates

#GivingTuesday Party December 2!

Join MYS and 9 Music Orgs to Celebrate Giving

GT_icon_arts-150x150Around the world, people will come together on December 2nd to celebrate giving and community. We invite you to celebrate with us, along with several other arts organizations, at a special Giving Tuesday Party!

Tuesday, December 2nd | 4-6pm
Fellowship Hall, First Congregational Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Ave, downtown Portland

Join us for wine and treats, a chance to win fun door prizes, get your picture taken in a photo booth presented by Artslandia, and learn more about other music organizations in Portland. While you're there, make a gift to an organization (or two!) and celebrate by giving back!

In addition to partying with MYS, you'll get to mix and mingle with all these organizations:

All Classical 89.9FM
Chamber Music NW
Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Friends of Chamber Music
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Portland Piano International
Portland Youth Philharmonic
Third Angle New Music
Young Musicians & Artists

On Facebook? RSVP to the #GivingTuesday Music Party event!

Oregon Community Foundation Awards $35,000

To support a 2-year comprehensive marketing and branding effort

Oregon Community Foundation

MYS is thrilled to announce that the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded us with a 2-year grant of $35,000 to support a multi-year effort to raise our profile and tell the story of our organization. This project will align our communications with our strategic and artistic plans in order to meet and grow our multi-year earned and contributed income goals and to ensure the availability of tuition assistance funding so that no child is turned away due to financial constraints. Thank you to OCF!

MYS Adds Baroque Orchestra

For winds and strings

News_Baroque Orchestra_MYS HomepageWe're delighted to share the news that in light of the number of string and wind players that enrolled this season, MYS has added a new ensemble to our classical offerings - a Baroque Orchestra. The Baroque Orchestra is an intermediate level ensemble, conducted by Portland Baroque Orchestra violinist, Adam LaMotte. Mr. LaMotte brings a wealth of talent and experience and MYS looks forward to how his work with MYS will strengthen the artistic experiences for their students.

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MYS Partners with BRAVO Youth Orchestras

BRAVO-Partnership_MYS_HomePage2This year we are thrilled to welcome 6 young musicians who received their first year of instrumental training with BRAVO Youth Orchestra; an organization that provides free after school music education to students at Rosa Parks Elementary School. This natural partnership brings BRAVO students into our entry level strings ensemble, Overture Strings, while MYS is pleased to provide tuition assistance to these families.

BRAVO Program Director Mark Woodward recently commented, "The kids are enjoying it. Each week is a special adventure for them—a treat and something to look forward to. They have shown a serious commitment to learning this music at home and seeking extra one-on-one sessions with teachers, some of which I have been doing when we return after the MYS rehearsal.

This partnership has been so rewarding for the students and for BRAVO. Thank you for your help in expanding the experiences of these students that would not have access otherwise."

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 >>