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.  Updated information for parents, students and staff will be available soon.

KSYO 2021-2022 Weekly Rehearsal and Performance Procedures – Coming soon.

The ensembles of the KSYO, now in its 48th season, include an auditioned full symphonic orchestra and string ensembles comprised of some of the area’s most talented young musicians. They perform four concerts during the season and are 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 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