Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra: bringing music to more than 1,800 area students

Posted on: November 14, 2019

“The rehearsals are nearly as good as the concerts themselves,” writes Danielle Hayden in the November issue of Seattle’s Child. “What’s truly awe-inspiring is listening to the sheer talent of some of Seattle’s most exceptional young musicians.” The article states, “The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) is the largest youth symphony in the United States, as well as one of the oldest. Last season marked its 75th anniversary…. From five orchestras, to two summer programs, partnerships with local schools and a conservatory, SYSO offers a breadth of opportunity for cultivating musicianship in Seattle to more than 1,800 students per year. Admission is competitive…. As arts-based classes [are] cut from the school budget … SYSO strives to close the music education opportunity gap through the Musical Pathways project, bringing classical music instruction to Seattle public schools where economic barriers have limited student exposure to the arts…. ‘Seattle has been and will be an incubator for really talented people,’ says [Music Director Juan Felipe] Molano…. ‘The immigrants in this part of the country are so diverse. Different cultures coming together in one place.… The arts are [positively] affected by that.’ ”

Posted November 14, 2019

In photo: Juan Felipe Molano conducts the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Joshua Huston