Portland Youth Philharmonic

With Governor Brown’s executive order to cancel all public gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID19, Portland Youth Philharmonic is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of its musicians, audiences, staff, and volunteers. In an unprecedented move, the orchestra has cancelled its Nielsen Sinfonia Espansiva concert originally scheduled for Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

All ticket holders will receive a personal message from PYP sent to the email address used to purchase tickets, outlining options for next steps. As a nonprofit arts organization, PYP sincerely hopes audience members will consider donating the cost of their tickets back to Portland Youth Philharmonic. Converting tickets to donations will help our nation’s oldest running youth orchestra to navigate this unparalleled global pandemic.

The orchestra shares the community’s disappointment that their final concert of the 96th Season will not be possible. Though the Schnitzer Hall is silent for now, PYP looks forward to returning to play for the community.

Visit www.portlandyouthphil.org/covid19 for updates and more information about ways you can hear PYP from home.

PYP’s staff is available to help you. Please contact Portland Youth Philharmonic directly at 503.223.5939 or information@portlandyouthphil.org for assistance.

Until further notice, PYP’s office is temporarily closed to the public, for in-person transactions.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay home, be safe, and we will see you again soon.

It is the purpose of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association to maintain the finest possible youth orchestra in order to inspire and educate young people through performing symphonic music and to provide a cultural asset for the community.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic Association supports two full symphony orchestras and one string orchestra for younger musicians. Each group is made up of outstanding young musicians chosen by open auditions each spring and early fall and seated solely according to ability. They range in age from 7 to 22, come from communities across the region, and represent over 100 different schools. Membership demands their commitment to an intensive schedule of rehearsals and the performance of a repertoire that closely parallels that of major professional orchestras. Programs and services are intended to have an impact on access to music educational opportunities for musicians and audiences alike — by identifying and training talented young musicians and offering educational outreach programs for others.


Since 1924, Portland Youth Philharmonic has been committed to inspiring young musicians throughout Oregon and Southern Washington, while providing the highest quality music education possible. The orchestra has a tradition of excellence in education and performance dating back to our first concert in 1925.

Oregon ArtsWatch described PYP as “a 95-year-old symphony orchestra playing with vigor, courage, curiosity, and a deep emotional heft rivaling its more grown-up professional counterparts.”

Critics have hailed PYP’s performances as “Brilliant” and have commented that the orchestra “Roared like a Maserati!” But don’t take their word for it. Hear PYP for yourself at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or at any time on our popular YouTube channel.