Youth Symphony

For very advanced high school and college-age students, the Youth Symphony is the flagship orchestra of the EYSO. Youth Symphony members are drawn from a wide geographic area and enjoy the thrill of collaborating with other dedicated, high-caliber musicians. Its repertoire has included Mahler: Symphony No. 1 and Totenfeier;  Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade;  Revueltas’ Sensemaya;  Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 (in 2014, the premiere performance by an American youth orchestra); Phillip Glass: Symphony No. 7 (first performance by a youth orchestra); and other symphonies including Sibelius 2, Shostakovich 1, 5, and 9, and Beethoven 5 and 7. The 2019-20 season focused on Bartók’s magnificent Concerto for Orchestra.

The Youth Symphony was showcased on NPR’s “From the Top”, performed with violin superstars Midori and Rachel Barton Pine, and was featured at the Ravinia Festival in an unprecedented four appearances. In 2012, the Youth Symphony embarked on a ten-day Civil War Tour, combining moving performances with in-depth exploration of some of the “big ideas” of this historical period—a Youth Symphony specialty.

Youth Symphony is led by Artistic Director Matthew Sheppard.


Performs during the 7:00pm concerts in November, March, and May.