Support MYS

Give the Gift of Music

“What I like about MYS is that it gives me a chance to play in a band, because I don’t have a school band.”  

– Kaitlin,  MYS student

Tuition and ticket sales cover only half of the cost of educating our young musicians. 

At Metropolitan Youth Symphony, we believe that every child should have access to music, regardless of their skill level or financial ability. Your support allows us to provide the highest quality of teaching to all of our students, including low-income families supported by our tuition assistance program and students who have may not otherwise have the opportunity to play music, supported by our beginning strings program.

“Being able to participate in orchestra is a difficult thing to do for children whose families are struggling financially. Many public schools no longer offer orchestra and so is the case for my daughter. She has never received a private lesson, so she tries to soak up everything being taught in her Overture class from Metropolitan Youth Symphony. I really can’t thank MYS enough for giving her the opportunity.”

MYS parent

Ways to Give to MYS

  • Donate today with a one-time or recurring gift
  • Donate with a matching gift. Some employers have a matching gift program where they will match a portion of your gift with a donation of their own. Intel, for example, will match 100% of your gift. Contact your human resources department to see if your employer has a matching gift program that you can donate through.
  • Donate an instrument or an in-kind donation. Our wish list is coming soon, until then contact us!
  • Donate when you shop at Fred Meyers by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to MYS (#92672)
  • Donate to the Oregon Cultural Trust and when you make a matching donation to MYS, you get the entire matching donation back as a tax credit.

Research proves that music changes the way young people think. When young people participate in the arts, they are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and they have better attendance, lower dropout rates, higher confidence, and stronger writing skills.

Music matters, here’s why:

What I like about MYS is that it gives me a chance to play in a band, because I don’t have a school band. – Kaitlin, MYS student