Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest youth orchestras program, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) is recognized as a model music and arts education organization.
BYSO serves nearly 500 students from more than 120 communities throughout New England. The mission of BYSO is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, while making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach.
Under the leadership of Music Director Federico Cortese, BYSO has become one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, two string training orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, six chamber orchestras, a chamber music program, and the Intensive Community Program, a nationally recognized string training program for underrepresented communities. BYSO has built a strong international presence with tour performances in world-renowned venues. Over the past six years, Maestro Federico Cortese has incorporated a robust opera program. Every year, BYSO’s premier orchestra presents a full semistaged opera and is the only US youth orchestra to do so. Since 1958 BYSO has been in residence at Boston University. In 2012 BYSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra announced a new partnership for the future of classical music, BYSO/BSO: Partnering for the Future. For more information visit BYSOweb.org.