Founded in 1974 by Lajos Balogh with just a handful of students, it is now one of the largest youth orchestra groups in the country. It has about 500 students, nine conductors and twelve ensembles with four experience levels. The symphony accepts young musicians of school ages kindergarten through twelfth grade and all levels of experience. The primary goal is to challenge students to learn and perform music in a friendly and rewarding atmosphere.
MYS ensembles include:
Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andres Lopera
Symphonic Band, conducted by Leroy Anderson
Concert Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Murphy
Flute Choir, conducted by Marcy Lohman
Vivaldi Strings, conducted by Lisa Hanson
Concert Band, conducted by Dan Ogren
Interlude Orchestra, conducted by Nita Van Pelt
Overture Strings, conducted by Kathie Reed
Sousa Band, conducted by Sally Kuhns
Jazz Band I, conducted by Derek Sims
Jazz Band II, conducted by Greg McKelvey
Jazz Band III, conducted by Derek Sims
Myfits String Ensemble, conducted by Andres Lopera
Metropolitan Youth Symphony ensembles present a dozen public concerts each year in the Portland metropolitan area. In addition, it serves schools throughout Oregon with an outreach music program that visits up to twenty public schools each year.