LONG-STANDING AND INCLUSIVE KIDS ORCHESTRAS, BANDS, AND JAZZ
With over 500 students in 12 different ensem-bles, Metropolitan Youth Symphony is one of the larger youth orchestra programs in the nation and one of a few to offer a jazz program. MYS is open to kids of all skill levels who have at least one year of experience on their instrument. “At MYS, we always have a place for you,” MYS explains, “students are auditioned to find their best fit, and our strong financial aid program ensures eve- ryone can be part of MYS.” While the musicians who play in MYS range in age from 6–18, the symphony itself turns an impressive 43 this year.
This season, MYS welcomes a new music director: YOA Orchestra of the Americas’ Raúl Gómez-Rojas, an inspiring conductor who’s worked with various professional and youth orchestras in the U.S. and Latin America. They’re also thrilled that jazz great Thara
Memory, who mentored Esperanza Spalding, will join MYS this season to direct the advanced jazz band and guide students throughout MYS in their exploration of improvisation.
MYS performs eight concerts this year throughout the community and three major Symphony Orchestra performances: Tchaikovsky’s buoyant Symphony #5, Holst’s epic The Planets, and Berlioz’s revelatory Symphonie Fantastique. Fantastic!
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