Metropolitan Youth Symphony
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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, twelve conductors and fourteen ensembles with multiple experience levels. The symphony accepts young musicians of school ages kindergarten through early college and all levels of experience. The primary goal is to challenge students to learn and perform music in a friendly and rewarding atmosphere.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony's current Music Director is Costa Rican-born conductor and violinist Raúl Gómez.
MYS ensembles include:
- Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Raúl Gómez
- Symphonic Band, conducted by Patrick Murphy
- Concert Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Peyton
- Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Castro D'Addona
- Vivaldi Strings, conducted by Brian Quincey
- Concert Band, conducted by Cynthia Plank
- Baroque Strings, conducted by Adam LaMotte
- Interlude Orchestra, conducted by Nita Van Pelt
- Overture Strings, conducted by Marian Gutiérrez
- Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Ryan Meagher
- Jazz Band, conducted by Greg McKelvey
- MYSfits String Ensemble, conducted by Raúl Gómez
- MYSticks Percussion Ensemble, directed by Michael Roberts
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.
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