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.