Affiliate: Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra

Our Orchestras: The Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO), established in 1965, gives student musicians ages 8-21 an opportunity to play music in a full symphony orchestra. Participation is by audition and 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 as symphony arrangements are of a caliber exceeding that which most students would experience at school. Musicianship expectations also are high with strict attendance requirements and adherence to professional standards of conduct. The YYSO facilitates the function of the Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) under the direction of Christy Baisinger to provide younger string players a similar symphonic opportunity.

2018-19 Performance Schedule
DEC 9, Sunday, 3:00pm Winter Concert at the Capitol Theatre FREE!
JAN 26, Saturday, 7:00pm Waltzing with the Youth Symphony Fundraiser ($15 per ticket)
FEB 24, Sunday, 3:00pm KinderKoncert at the Capitol Theatre FREE!
APR 14, Sunday, 3:00pm Spring Concert at the Capitol Theatre FREE!
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.
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
Open Rehearsals: January 7 and January 14
*YYSO – 6:30-8:30pm
*YES! – 6:30-7:30pm
Spring auditions will be scheduled on these same two dates. Send us an email, we will send you an email with next steps.
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.