Youth Symphony

For very advanced high school and college-age students, the Youth Symphony studies advanced orchestral repertoire that has included Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Revueltas’ Sensemaya, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 6 (the premiere by an American youth orchestra in 2014), among others. Its members are drawn from a wide geographic area and enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other dedicated, high-caliber musicians under Artistic Director Randal Swiggum and Associate Conductor Matthew Sheppard. The Youth Symphony was showcased on NPR’s “From the Top”, selected to perform with superstar violinist Midori, and 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.


Rehearses Sundays, 6:15-9:00pm.
Performs during the 7:30pm concerts in November, March, and May, and at a concert in April (TBA).