Youth Symphony is a San Luis Obispo Symphony music education program! While participating in Youth Symphony, students learn the skills and art of performing in an ensemble. With five ensembles to choose from there is a place for every student of any skill level (minimum requirement of one year in Strings in the schools, school music program, and/or private instruction). In our efforts to train students to become better musicians, auditions take place every year and are a requirement to participate in Concet Orchestra, Academy String Orchestra, Symphonic Widns, and Preparatory Strings.

Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra has been training tomorrow’s classical musicians since 1965. Now in its 54th year, the Concert Orchestra consists of musicians from 7th - 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 ensembles. Concert Orchestra toured Europe, British Columbia, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Illinois, and Alaska. In addition to Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra musicians are given the opportunity to perform in competitions, solo, and chamber music recitals.

Academy String Orchestra

Academy String Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble that plays music from Baroque through Modern periods. For outstanding musicians, solo opportunities are available for performances. Students participatingin Academy String Orchestra must have ensemble experience, musical style, and expression, along with experience in vibrato, shifting, and playing in various positions.



Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds is a wind ensemble of intermediate to advanced wind, brass, and percussion musicians. Symphonic Winds explores the breadth of wind band literature, performing fun and challenging repertoire.





Preparatory Strings 

Preparatory Strings is a string ensemble that performs classical, popular, and folk music. Students ain Preparatory Strings must be able to play in a steady tempo and the ability to read and count simple rhythms. Listening and ensemble skills are stressed, providing a sound foundation for future playing.



Super Bows

Super Bows is a beginning string ensemble for students who have completed the Strings in the Schools program or have had at least one year of private lessons. Students participating in Super Bows must be able to read notes on the A string, D strings, and have familiarity with whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes. For more information and to regitster for Super Bows!, click here.