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!|
|FEB 24, Sunday, 3:00pm||KinderKoncert at the Capitol Theatre FREE!|
|TBD||Waltzing with the Youth Symphony at the Harman Center (Fundraiser, $15 per ticket)|
|APR 14, Sunday, 3:00pm||Spring Concert at the Capitol Theatre FREE!|
|For information about the YYSO and YES! please visit www.yyso.org|
|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 coming soon: YYSO-YES 2018-19 Calendar (draft in progress)|
|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 coming soon: YYSO-YES Parent Volunteer Information|
|Open Rehearsals: Mondays, August 27, September 3 and September 10|
|*YYSO – 6:30-8:30pm|
|*YES! – 5:00-6:00pm|
|Fall auditions will be scheduled on these same three dates. If you were not able to audition this past spring,
but sent 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.