List of youth orchestras in the United States

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This is a list of youth orchestras in the United States.

Youth orchestras are performing groups for student musicians. The age range of participants varies; they may include musicians up to grade 12 or they may include older university and conservatory students.[1] In the United States, youth orchestras are operated primarily for music education. Some are associated with professional symphony orchestras.[2] Professional symphony orchestras have multiple motivations for sponsoring youth orchestras, including training of young musicians and building future audiences by engaging children with classical music.[1] A 2006-7 survey of youth orchestras by the League of American Orchestras found that 75% of the participating orchestral groups were independent, about 19% were affiliated with adult orchestras, and about 3% were associated with educational institutions.[3]

The first and oldest U.S. youth orchestra is the Portland Youth Philharmonic, founded in 1924 as the Portland Junior Symphony Association. Russian émigré Jacques Gershkovitch was the Portland group's first conductor.[4] It was followed in 1935 by the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley, California, which describes itself as the second oldest independent youth symphony in the country,[5] by the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 1937, and by other local groups such as the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony, established in 1939.[6] By 1963, Life magazine counted about 15,000 youth orchestras in the country and noted that they were producing music of a caliber that could appeal to adult audiences.[7]

Unlike many countries, post-World War II the United States does not have a national youth orchestra. A national youth orchestra existed, from 1940 to 1942, established and led by Leopold Stokowski and consisting of instrumental musicians between the ages of 18 and 25. Stokowski personally auditioned many of the 15,000 young musicians who applied to become members of the All-American Youth Orchestra. The orchestra he assembled consisted of about 100 musicians, one-fifth of whom were women. A small number of professional musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra played with the younger musicians. The All-American Youth Orchestra made several recordings and toured in Latin America as well as the United States during its two years of existence before being disbanded due to the exigencies imposed by U.S. involvement in World War II.[8]

In 2012 the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall launched the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). By March 2013, the names of the 120 musicians chosen by were announced and the orchestra toured Washington, Moscow, St Petersburg and London in July 2013.[9]

Adult symphony orchestras in the United States are in a separate list of symphony orchestras in the United States.

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Alaska[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Template:Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra

Arizona[edit]

Arkansas[edit]

California[edit]

Diamond Youth Symphony Orchestra

Colorado[edit]

Connecticut[edit]

Florida[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

Maine[edit]

Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra

Maryland[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Mississippi[edit]

Missouri[edit]

Montana[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Nevada[edit]

New Jersey[edit]

New Mexico[edit]

New York[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Ohio[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

Oregon[edit]

Pennsylvania[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Murfreesboro Youth Orchestra

Texas[edit]

Virginia[edit]

Washington[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Washington, D.C.[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Colin Lawson (2003). The Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra. Cambridge University Press. pp. 190–191. 
  2. ^ Paloma Capanna (May 9, 2012), "CLASSICAL PREVIEW: Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra", City Newspaper (Rochester, New York) 
  3. ^ Youth Orchestra Profile Summary Data, League of American Orchestras, retrieved May 9, 2012 
  4. ^ "The History of America's First Established Youth Orchestra". Portland Youth Philharmonic Association. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Young People’s Symphony Orchestra (PDF) (brochure), Berkeley, California: Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, retrieved May 9, 2012 
  6. ^ "Kalamazoo Junior Symphony History". Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Life Guide: Young America's music; art shows; Chinatown parades", Life, February 1, 1963: 8 
  8. ^ Daniel J. Wakin (January 11, 2012), "Carnegie Hall to Establish National Youth Orchestra", New York Times 
  9. ^ Announcing the 2013 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, March 4, 2013, retrieved 28 July 2013 
  10. ^ http://anchorageyouthsymphony.org/
  11. ^ http://www.azmys.org
  12. ^ http://phoenixyouthsymphony.org/
  13. ^ http://vailyouthsymphony.org/
  14. ^ http://www.arkansassymphony.org/education/youthorchestras
  15. ^ http://aysymphony.org
  16. ^ http://www.berkeley-youth-orchestra.org
  17. ^ http://www.icyola.org
  18. ^ http://www.losangelesyouthorchestra.org/layo
  19. ^ http://www.marinsymphony.org/marin-symphony/youth-education/educational-programs/
  20. ^ http://www.oyo.org
  21. ^ http://www.thenewyouthorchestra.com
  22. ^ http://www.sdys.org
  23. ^ http://windsacrossthebay.org/
  24. ^ http://ypsomusic.net
  25. ^ http://longmontyouthsymphony.org
  26. ^ http://www.csysa.com
  27. ^ "Connecticut Youth Symphony". Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  28. ^ "Eastern Connecticut Symphony Youth Orchestra". 
  29. ^ Tallahassee Youth Orchestras
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  31. ^ http://www.ayws.org/
  32. ^ http://buckheadyouthorchestra.com/
  33. ^ http://dekalbyouthsymphony.com/DYS_Initial_Page/DYS_Welcome.html
  34. ^ http://www.emoryyouthsymphony.org/
  35. ^ http://goldenislesyouthorchestra.org/
  36. ^ http://mysoatlanta.com/
  37. ^ http://judylei.com/youth-orchestra-csyso.html
  38. ^ http://www.capecodconservatory.org/cape-cod-music-classes-youth-orchestra.asp
  39. ^ http://www.riversschoolconservatory.org/youthorchestraprograms
  40. ^ http://www.uml.edu/Research/String-Project/What-We-Do.aspx
  41. ^ http://worcesteryouthorchestras.org
  42. ^ http://www.jacksonyso.org
  43. ^ http://www.grys.org
  44. ^ http://www.oyomi.org/
  45. ^ http://michiganphil.org/Education/YouthOrchestra.html
  46. ^ http://www.lincolnyouthsymphony.org
  47. ^ http://www.oayo.org
  48. ^ http://www.lvyo.org/
  49. ^ http://www.bergenyouthorchestra.org
  50. ^ http://www.ayoa.org
  51. ^ Piedmont Youth Orchestra
  52. ^ Youth orchestra. WPS.
  53. ^ http://www.mansfieldtickets.com/content/view/86
  54. ^ http://www.daytonphilharmonicyouthorchestra.org
  55. ^ http://www.columbussymphony.com/education/youth-orchestras-1/youth-orchestra/
  56. ^ http://www.philadelphiasinfonia.com/
  57. ^ "Bay Area Youth Symphony for young musicians in the Houston area". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
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  59. ^ [3]
  60. ^ [4]
  61. ^ [5]
  62. ^ http://bayyouth.org
  63. ^ http://www.aypo.org
  64. ^ http://rso.com/learn/youth_orchestra.html
  65. ^ http://www.tcsyo.org
  66. ^ http://www.byso.org
  67. ^ http://www.cyso.us
  68. ^ http://www.everettyouthsymphony.org
  69. ^ http://fwyso2013.wix.com/fwyso
  70. ^ http://www.studentorchestras.org
  71. ^ http://www.tysamusic.org
  72. ^ http://www.spokaneyouthsymphony.org