Metropolitan Youth Symphony

2020-2021 Season Update

Due to ongoing safety concerns related to COVID-19, we have decided that the remainder of our 2020-21 season will be online. This format has been a wonderful way to keep music in our student’s lives while giving them time with Oregon Symphony musicians, international guest artists, students from other youth orchestras, and new MYS friends. If it is permitted and safe to meet in-person for Spring Term, we will consider that possibility, but we anticipate that we will remain online for the year. Please visit our 2020-21 Season Update page for more information.

MYS Spring Concert
March 13, 2021 | 7:00pm PST

The MYS Spring Concert celebrates new music by women and composers of color with world premiere works from the Youth Orchestra Commissioning Initiative (YOCI). All MYS Ensembles will perform throughout the evening, featuring YOCI composers Seare Farhat, Katie Palka, Regina Carter and Bernardo Quesada; with additional pieces by Dvořák, Corelli, and more. Our Spring Concert is free to attend and will stream on YouTube via a private link, but registration is required. Details are available on the event page listed below.


Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops and promotes young musicians

MYS provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Now in our 46th year, we enroll over 500 youth from the Portland Metro and SW Washington areas in 14 ensembles including orchestra, band, jazz, and percussion. New this season, we are offering an entry level String Orchestra on Saturdays in Hillsboro. Additionally, MYS offers theory classes, a mid-winter chamber music program, and a one week summer chamber music camp, Portland Summer Ensembles. Our commitment to access is foundational. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of their financial circumstances, a tuition-free Beginning Strings program with classes on Saturday in Portland and after school in Hillsboro, and a school outreach program that performs 15 in-school concerts each season for over 5,000 students from under-served schools.

MYS Music Director Raul Gomez leads a team of professional conductors and instrumental coaches who work with our students each Saturday at Roseway Heights K-8 in NE Portland and Lincoln Street Elementary in Hillsboro. We believe that quality music education taught in a supportive but challenging environment gives every student musician the opportunity to be successful.  MYS is one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the nation and one of only a handful offering a jazz program.