[Student Concert: Friday, May 5, 2017. 9:30am & 11:00am.]
The Yakima Symphony Orchestra, as a part of the Yakima Valley community, feels an obligation to assist in the education of the youth of our community. As the premiere performing arts organization in Central Washington, we are uniquely qualified to assist in shaping the lives of the next generation through exposure to the finest music and musicians.
Our programs stem from the premise, one that has been proven through numerous studies, that active participation in music by children- besides its inherent worth in understanding and appreciation for the arts and the development of discipline and character- aids in overall intellectual development and higher standardized test scores in all subjects.
With that in mind, the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) and the Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) provide young instrumentalists with an opportunity to explore more challenging orchestral repertoire than they would normally encounter in school music programs. With students from throughout the Yakima Valley participating under the tutelage of YSO musicians, this is a unique opportunity in our community for serious young musicians to learn from professional musicians among the most talented of their peers.
Our annual Youth Concerts are an area tradition and one that introduces thousands of area students to the power and beauty of the symphony orchestra and classical music. Two concerts are held at the Capitol Theatre in the spring of every season with programs especially designed for youth. These concerts often provide many youth with their first glimpse inside the magnificent Capitol Theatre- and are timed to coincide when students elect to participate in school music programs.
Along with our Youth Concerts, our Ensembles in Schools are the second prong of our efforts to inspire youth to actively participate in music. Small chamber ensembles from within the YSO perform short programs at schools the length and breadth of the Yakima Valley in the weeks leading up to the Youth Concerts. They serve to both whet the appetites of students (and teachers alike) with the upcoming full orchestral concerts, but give students the opportunity to experience up close professional musicians and professional making- truly an inspiration and one timed, again, to persuade more youth to participate in the joy of music making.
The YSO, thanks to numerous generous donors, provides tickets to underserved youth in our community to attend orchestral performances of the YSO. These tickets are donated through educational institutions, in particular Yakima Valley Community College.