York Symphony Orchestra educational programs expose children, parents and grandparents to the legacy of beautiful symphonic music through the annual Saturday Family Concert and Young Persons’ Concerts. Other educational opportunities also include:
YSO’s Instrument Petting Zoo
The York Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo gives young people the opportunity to touch, learn about and even play various musical instruments. Children will enjoy a unique hands on experience with string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments all demonstrated by YSO musicians who will assist with the proper techniques for holding and playing. (Instruments courtesy of Menchey Music).
Song Writing Contest
The 39th Year!
Students from grades 3-12 are invited to participate. Songs will be judged in three age-appropriate categories (elementary, middle school, and senior high school). Info about the 2017 Song Writing Contest will be announced in summer 2017.
The Youth Concerto Competition
Open Dress Rehearsal
YSO Summer Music Camp: My Opus Magnum
YSO’s music composition camp is the only one of its kind in the Central Pennsylvania region and is for students in grades 3-12. Camp is held at Logos Academy in York. The 2017 Summer Camp is the week of July 10th. More info can be found here.
$5 Student Tickets
Any available seat in the theater for any performance except the Family Concert Series. Special Student price subscriptions are also available.
In School Performances
The YSO provides an opportunity for students to work with musicians and discover a love for music. Many of our guest artists conduct master classes or residencies in selected schools for students the day before their performance with the YSO. Each year the YSO arranges for these or other opportunities throughout the county.
YJSO and YYSO
To learn more about the York Junior Symphony Orchestra (YJSO) grades 5 through 8 and the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) grades 9 through 12 follow the links below.
- York Junior Symphony Orchestra: www.yjso.org
- York Youth Symphony Orchestra:www.yorkyouthsymphony.org