Affiliate: Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra

Our Orchestras: Established in 1965, the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) gives student musicians ages 8-21 an opportunity to play music in a full symphony orchestra. Participation is by audition; students pay tuition to support operational expenses. Students from throughout the Yakima Valley rehearse weekly under the direction of Bruce Walker. Musical rigor is high; musicianship expectations also are high with strict attendance requirements and adherence to professional standards of conduct. The YYSO facilitates the Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) under the direction of Christy Baisinger to provide younger string players a similar symphonic opportunity.

For information about the YYSO and YES! please visit Note: The YYSO website is currently off-line.
Work is underway to restore it. Until that time, you may contact the youth symphony via the YSO CONTACT US form.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Helpful Links:
Link: YYSO-YES 2018-19 Calendar (updated 9/18)
Link: YYSO-YES Registration Form (for students who have auditioned and been admitted)
Link: YYSO-YES Student Handbook 
Link coming soon: YYSO-YES Student Financial Assistance Request Form
Link: YYSO Concerto Competition Form 
Link: YYSO-YES Parent Volunteer Information
Link: Benefits of Youth Symphony
Link: Youth Symphony Brochure 
Spring 2019 Auditions for the 2019-20 Season: Information will be posted soon.
 If you are new to the youth symphony and/or the area, send us a note via the CONTACT US form on this YSO website. We will contact you with next steps.

2018-19 Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Governing Committee
Chair: Betsy McCann
Vice Chair, Auditions/Rehearsals/Performances: TBD
Vice Chair, Fundraising: TBD
Secretary: Krista Dominguez
Treasurer: Sara Justo
Member: Marianne Ball
Member: Rae Dietrich

Member: Jeff Gu
Member: Jawana Homer
Member: Rosalinda Ibarra
Member: Amae Merrill*
Member: TBD
Member: TBD
Member: TBD
* denotes YSO Board Affiliate Liaison