Metropolitan Youth Symphony

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Metropolitan Youth Symphony is a youth orchestra organization in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

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.[1][2] 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 Ken Selden
  • 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.[citation needed] In addition, it serves schools throughout Oregon with an outreach music program that visits up to twenty public schools each year.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Dot Rust (September 29, 2011). "Balogh, founder of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, steps down as Music Director". Oregon Music News. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "David Ludwig Elected to Board of Metropolitan Youth Symphony". Farleigh Wada Witt. November 1, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 

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