Youth Orchestra

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is to educate students through high-level orchestral training in a professional environment while developing new audiences for symphonic music.

Sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony League and the Knoxville Symphony Society, the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of six ensembles totaling over 300 student musicians:

  • Youth Orchestra
  • Youth Chamber Orchestra
  • Sinfonia
  • Philharmonia
  • Preludium
  • Junior Orchestra

COVID-19 Response: Our number one priority this season is the health and safety of our student musicians and staff.  If it is not safe for us to hold rehearsals this season, we will not, and we reserve the right to cancel rehearsals at any time during the 2020-2021 season. Please click below for more information for parents, students and staff:

KSYO 2020-2021 Weekly Rehearsal and Performance Procedures


The ensembles of the KSYO, now in its 46th season, include an auditioned full symphonic orchestra and string ensembles comprised of some of the area’s most talented young musicians. It performs four concerts during the season and is open to all students grade 12 and younger who play an orchestral instrument (including keyboard).

Students in Sinfonia, Youth Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra may also choose to participate in the new Chamber Music Program, in which they have the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles.

For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, contact Kathy Hart