For Musicians and Parents

The Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon organization includes three orchestras:

Youth Strings

Youth Strings cellistYouth Strings, a string ensemble composed of young violinists, violists and cellists, is under the direction of YSSO Associate Conductor Faina Podolnaya. The ensemble performs arrangements of works by Bartok, Caponegro, Beethoven, Haydn, Vivaldi, Bossuat, Kabalevsky, Mozart, Alshin, Händel, Lully and many other composers. The musicians perform string music that builds upon theoretical and musical concepts. Youth Strings musicians are offered entry-level training, exposure to a variety of music and musical terms, and perform in professional venues at Concert Series performances. Participation is by annual audition.

Youth Orchestra

Youth Orchestra musiciansYouth Orchestra, formerly the YSSO Preparatory Orchestra, includes young, developing intermediate-level string, wind and percussion musicians. The ensemble is composed primarily of middle school students from throughout the region. Youth Orchestra performs arrangements of works by a variety of composers including Dvorak, Wagner, Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Offenbach, Gliére, Strauss and Suppé, among others. Participation in Youth Orchestra offers opportunities to learn rehearsal techniques and performance practices. The full ensemble rehearses on Sunday afternoon and its musicians participate in mini master classes or sectional rehearsals led by professional musicians. Youth Orchestra performs in professional venues and participates in Concert Series performances. The ensemble is under the guidance of Dr. Cynthia Hutton, the YSSO’s Music Director/Conductor. Participation and placement is by annual audition.

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony musicianYouth Symphony, the YSSO’s advanced orchestra under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Hutton, YSSO Music Director/Conductor, includes accomplished high school and college age string, wind and percussion musicians from southern Oregon and northern California. Youth Symphony performs standard symphonic literature and concerti by composers such as Higdon, Mahler, Vieuxtemps, Franck, Copland, Beethoven, Holst, Dvorak, Brahms, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Hummel, Barber, Strauss, Sibelius, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams and others. The Youth Symphony has also premiered works for orchestra commissioned by the YSSO. The Silver Jubilee Concert Season featured a new work by Mark Jacobs. The Orchard City: Medford, Oregon 1913, was commissioned in honor of the 25th Anniversary Concert Season and dedicated to the YSSO.

Each year, eligible advanced musicians in Youth Symphony may participate in the YSSO Concerto Competition and compete for an opportunity to perform as soloists with the Symphony.

The full ensemble rehearses each Sunday afternoon and musicians participate in additional sectional rehearsals led by professional musicians. The musicians in the YSSO organization’s premiere ensemble demonstrate advanced technical and musicianship skills, teamwork and discipline. The ensemble performs in professional venues and it is featured in all Concert Series performances. Participation and placement is by annual audition.

Click on the links in the left navigation menu for more detailed information for musicians in the YSSO ensembles.