SLO Youth Symphony

Let’s Make Some Music!

The San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony (SLOYS) was founded in 1965 by Dr. Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli. In 2006, SLOYS merged with the San Luis Obispo Symphony under the umbrella of its music education programs.

The SLOYS provides high-quality orchestral and ensemble education and performance opportunities to local youth and reaches out to the Central Coast community by introducing new audiences of adults and children to symphonic music.

To accommodate a range of musical experiences, SLOYS is composed of four ensembles:

Preparatory Strings

is our beginning string ensemble that lays the foundation for ensemble playing, teamwork skills, and orchestra etiquette.

Symphonic Winds

is our intermediate wind, brass and percussion ensemble.

Academy String Orchestra

is our intermediate string ensemble.

Concert Orchestra

is the premier orchestra of our advanced string, wind, brass and percussion musicians



MONDAYS @ Laguna Middle School

  • 4:00-5:00 Preparatory Strings @ Room H-1
  • 4:30-5:30 Symphonic Winds @ Choir Room
  • 5:15-7:00 Academy Strings @ Room H-1
  • 5:15-7:00 Concert Orchestra @ Band Room


November 13, 2023 (Monday) 6:30 p.m. Spanos Theater, Cal Poly as part of the California Festival 

December 17, 2023 (Sunday) 3:00 p.m. Santa’s House, Mission Plaza (Prep and Academy only)

March 18, 2024 (Monday) 6:30 p.m. Cuesta Performing Arts Center

May 20, 2024 (Monday) 6:30 p.m. Cuesta Performing Arts Center


Concert Orchestra Students Only!

Dec 1, 2023 – Application Deadline

Dec 9, 2023 – Competition

March 18, 2024 – Performance at Cuesta Performing Arts Center


2023-24 TUITION

  • $650 for Concert Orchestra and Academy Strings
  • $600 for Symphonic Winds and Preparatory Strings

We offer discounts for siblings and for involvement with school band or orchestra music programs.
We are approved as a Heartland Charter School Vendor. Heartland students can use their funds for YS tuition!

All musicians are encouraged to audition, regardless of financial need, as scholarships are available on a need basis.

Please contact [email protected] for scholarship information.


Kelsey and April Kennedy

Thomas and Mary Tanner

Minke WinklerPrins

Harvey and Jennifer Smith

Lyn Baker

Bert and Candace Forbes

Judy Colglazier