AYSP offers ensembles for students in grades 4-12 for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students are placed in the appropriate ensemble through annual auditions in May, which are required for all students except strings in grades 4-5.

Learn more about auditions.

AYSP ensembles rehearse weekly from August through April at the AYSP facility with highly trained professional conductors and perform several times annually, including a Finale Concert each season at Popejoy Hall. AYSP also offers a Chamber Music Program for students enrolled in an AYSP ensemble.

Grades 9-12

Youth Symphony

Conductor Dan Whisler

Rehearsals: Monday, 6:30pm-9:15pm

Grades 9-12

Youth Orchestra

Conductor Nick Upton

Rehearsals: Monday, 6:15pm-9:00pm

Grades 9-12

Youth Concert Orchestra

Conductor David Jennison

Rehearsals: Wednesday, 6:30pm-9:15pm

Grades 6-8

Junior Symphony

Conductors Hovey Corbin and George Nicholson

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:30am-11:30am

Grades 6-8

Junior String Orchestra

Conductors Erica Photiades

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:45-11:45am, 2nd semester only

Grades 6-8

Junior Orchestra

Conductors Alex Austell and Ali Brasher Austell

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm

Grades 6-8

Junior Band

Conductor Josephine Gonzales

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, 2nd semester only

Grades 4-5

Preparatory String Orchestra

Conductor Gloria Velasco

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

Grade 5 – ESP I Graduates

Elementary String Project II

Conductor Rafael Videira

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Grade 4 – Beginners

Elementary String Project I

Conductor Karen Schindwolf

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm

Grades 6-12

Chamber Music Program

The Chamber Music Program is open to all students in grades 6-12 enrolled in a regular AYSP ensemble. Students who join are organized into ensembles by instrument, interest, age, and ability. Each ensemble rehearses weekly and receives regular instruction from their coach throughout the season.

The Chamber Music Program is coordinated by Mr. Dan Whisler.


Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190