The San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony is comprised of six ensembles to accommodate various levels of experience: Super Bows!, Preparatory Strings, Academy String Orchestra, Cadet Winds, Symphonic Winds, and Concert Orchestra.  Musicians are placed in the ensemble that best matches their musical ability.

Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra has been training tomorrow’s classical musicians since 1965.  Now in its 53rd year, the Concert 

Orchestra consists of musicians from 7th to 12th grade.  These committed young people comprise the organization’s most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians; and perform the most difficult repertoire of the five ensembles.  In 2003, the Concert Orchestra toured Europe and in 2007 toured British Columbia.  In June 2010 the Orchestra toured to San Diego and Santa Barbara. Most recently in June of 2013 they toured to Chicago, Illinois.  


The Symphonic Winds ensemble consists of intermediate and advanced woodwind, brass and percussion musicians who have two or more years experience on their instrument.  This ensemble performs challenging works for wind orchestra.  In addition to the regular rehearsal schedule, students are REQUIRED to participate in a Symphonic Winds Clinic each spring. Additional fee for clinic.


Academy String Orchestra

This intermediate string orchestra consists of students with four or more years playing experience. The Academy String Orchestra performs standard music literature from Baroque through modern composers with an appreciation of musical styles for each period through sectional and full ensemble rehearsals.  Solo opportunities exist for outstanding members.


Preparatory Strings 

Preparatory Strings is a string orchestra for musicians who have played their instruments two years or more.  It requires reading and counting simple rhythms.  Listening and ensemble skills are stressed, providing a sound foundation for future orchestra participation.  The music literature performed includes classical, popular and folk.  This is a dynamic and challenging group that has developed significantly in the last few years.


Super Bows!

Super Bows! is a first ensemble experience for string students who have played their instruments for one year or more.  Students should be able to read notes on the A and D string and should also be familiar with quarter notes, eighth notes and whole notes. There is no audition necessary.  For more information and to regitster for Super Bows! click here