MYS Press


May 2020 – Virtual and vital: Strike up the band

From Oregon ArtsWatch: Caught short by the pandemic, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra takes to technology and shows that shutdown doesn’t have to mean shut up

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May 2020 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony Shifts to Online Educational Programming and Announces Spring Virtual Concert

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) has shifted its focus to online performances and rehearsals as well as online educational programming to provide its students and community with a musical and educational outlet during this time.

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February 2020 – Music Director Raúl Gómez on Afternoon Live


January 2020 – Renowned Jazz Violinist Regina Carter Performs David Schiff’s “4 Sisters” with MYS Symphony Orchestra

Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s concert on March 8 brings jazz virtuoso Regina Carter to Portland audiences. Carter joins the MYS Symphony Orchestra for the West Coast Premiere of local composer David Schiff’s 4 Sisters jazz violin concerto. Carter made her debut as a concerto soloist performing Schiff’s jazz concerto with the Detroit Symphony in 2004, which included the premiere of a special solo at the beginning of work composed just for her.

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November 2019 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony Collaborates with the International Youth Silent Film Festival to Present Young Filmmakers and Composers

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) continues its dynamic 46th season with Lights, Camera, Music! on January 12, 2020.This unprecedented collaborative concert with the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) celebrates young contemporary voices in film and composition.

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September 2019 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony Brings the Energy with Beethoven 7 and the World Premiere of Hidden Voices

Following a superbly enriching summer tour to Europe, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) opens its 2019-20 season on November 10th with a beautifully crafted program centered around the tour de force, Beethoven 7. This concert fittingly begins a season that is full of energy, optimism and brand new music.

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July 2019 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony Breaks the Classical Music Mold with its 2019/20 Season

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) breaks the classical music mold for its musicians and audiences with a 2019-20 season full of genre-defying collaborations juxtaposed with traditional symphonic masterworks. By programming pieces which embrace broader definitions of the classical genre, and by bringing guest artist Regina Carter to Portland by way of an unprecedented residency program, MYS helps to recontextualize classical music and widen its audiences and advocates.

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April 2019 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony Brings the First Symphony by an African-American Woman Ever Performed in the US to Portland

This May, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony illuminates the diversity of our nation’s rich cultural tapestry with the program “America’s Florence.” Named for the pioneering African-American composer Florence Price, this concert features what is believed to be the West Coast Premiere of her Symphony No. 1 in E minor, winner of the first place prize for an orchestral work in the progressive Rodman Wanamaker Competition of 1932.

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January 2019 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Collaboration with the Northwest Children’s Theater Brings “Firebird” to Life

This March, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony teams up with the Northwest Children’s Theater to pay homage to the coming spring season with a brilliantly hued program of movement, puppetry, and spectacular orchestral fireworks inspired by birds.

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November 2018 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Collaboration with the Pacific Youth Choir Celebrates Hispanic Musical Heritage with “Cantando”

With its next Downtown Series concert entitled “Cantando,” The Metropolitan Youth Symphony brings together myriad branches of Portland’s Hispanic community in a high-energy musical celebration of Latino culture. Raúl Gómez, the symphony’s charismatic and talented Costa Rican Music Director, will conduct rarely heard masterpieces from Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Columbia for a rich and colorful program with wide appeal. By way of innovative partnerships with Portland Mercado, Latino Network, Milagro, Univisión Portland, and Multnomah County’s Bienestar de la Familia Social Service Program, the event will highlight the ways in which the local Hispanic community contributes to Portland’s vibrant spirit.

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October 2018 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Partnership with Fear No Music’s Young Composers Project Launches “The Authentic Voice” at November 11th Concert

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony fittingly kicks off its Downtown Series on Sunday, November 11th, 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with its Symphony Orchestra performing Viva Italia! This nod to the great Italian tradition features an ebullient program sure to build excitement for the Symphony’s 2019 summer tour * to Italy. Praised for his impactful programming, Music Director Raúl Gómez has assembled an upbeat selection of music that not only captures the joy of youth, but also holistically depicts the Italian spirit while maintaining diversity of origination.

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September 2018 – Metropolitan Youth Symphony’s 2018/19 Season Energizes Portland Youth Through Artistic Partnerships And Italian Tour

Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) announces MYS Symphony Orchestra programming and highlights for 2018/19 – the 45th season of programs for Portland’s young musicians. The series showcases the radical multiculturalism of the Americas, blending traditional classical repertoire with contemporary and classic American and Latin American works. The four Portland-area concerts culminate in a summer residency in Italy.

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July 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 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 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 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 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.

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September 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 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.