MYS in the Media


February 28, 2020 – Afternoon Live


July 3, 2018 – In partnership with Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Portland Summer Ensembles hosts a week-long chamber music camp, culminating in two evening concerts

July 16-21, Portland Summer Ensembles (PSE) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) will host a week-long chamber music camp for student musicians, culminating in a concert by PSE faculty, comprised of members of the Oregon Symphony, and a concert with student musicians.  Led by Artistic Director Jun Iwasaki, Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony and former Oregon Symphony concertmaster, Portland Summer Ensembles is a week-long chamber music camp that attracts student musicians from throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

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March 27, 2018 – Oregon Symphony Names MYS 2018 Schnitzer Wonder Award Winner!

President Scott Showalter announced today that the Symphony’s 2018 Schnitzer Wonder Award will go to the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS), represented by Music Director Raúl Gómez and Executive Director Diana Scoggins. Founded on the belief that music education is an integral part of childhood development, MYS provides training and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and abilities. MYS is committed to access and inclusion and eliminating all barriers to participation. The award will be presented on April 14 at the Oregon Symphony’s Classically Unexpected concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This is a free concert for the Symphony’s partners and the Portland community.

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March 20, 2018 – MYS Announces 2018 ‘Crescendo Honors’ Awards to Local and National Recipients

Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s upcoming annual gala recognizes the importance of strong, innovative and collaborative leaders who make an impact on the hundreds of students MYS educates through its music programming.

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February 8, 2018 – MYS Music Director Raúl Gómez Nominated

MYS Music Director Raúl Gómez Selected for Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview Metropolitan Youth Symphony is pleased to announce that Music Director Raúl Gómez been named one of six dynamic conductors to participate in the League of American Orchestra’s 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. Chosen by a panel of leading music professionals, Gomez competed for the honor with nearly 150 conductors from around the world.

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October 4, 2017 – Music from the Americas | November 12 at 7:30pm

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) kicks off the season with an opening night concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Sunday, November 12th at 7:30pm. Our opening concert celebrates the beautifully diverse musical landscape of the Americas, as we echo the Oregon Symphony’s exploration of the topic of immigration within their Sounds of Home series. The program opens with the vibrant Three Latin American Dances by American composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Gabriela draws from her multicultural background to create three musical vignettes derived from pan-Amazonian dance forms. Next, George Gershwin’s jazz-infused An American in Paris evokes the French capital in the 1920s, through the eyes and ears of a foreign visitor. Finally, student mariachi groups Una Voz from Hillsboro and Tradición from Forest Grove join our orchestra for a grand finale featuring favorite mariachi tunes. Also featuring performances by Concert Orchestra and Interlude Orchestra. Tickets here.

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September 12, 2017 – Introducing Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s 44th Season!

As we enter our 44th season, MYS, has reason to celebrate. Our 2017 – 2018 concert season consists of three Downtown Series performances at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, one concert at the Newmark Theatre (in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music), and 12 concerts throughout the community, at schools and local venues. This August marked the one-year anniversary of Music Director, Raúl Gómez joining MYS. With the high quality of his artistic experience and belief in community, we continue to devote our efforts to musical excellence, access, equity, and collaboration.

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June 2, 2017 – MYS on Univision!

Check out our Music Director, Raúl Gómez, in this TV interview about MYS! Special thanks to Univision. See you at our season finale on Sunday evening at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.