The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program is seeking passionate, motivated young musicians! AYSP ensembles are open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion students in grades 4-12 from the greater Albuquerque area. Annual auditions are required for most programs.

Prospective students are invited to observe a rehearsal to see if AYSP is a good fit for you. Just email with your name, instrument, and grade, and we’ll set up a time for you to visit. If you want to be part of an amazing year of music – you’ve come to the right place!

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.

High School Ensembles

Grades 9-12

Youth Symphony

Conductor: Dan Whisler

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

Grades 9-12

Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Rafael Videira (Interim)

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

Grades 9-12

Youth Concert Orchestra

Conductor: David Jennison

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

Middle School Ensembles

Grades 6-8

Junior Symphony

Conductors: Hovey Corbin and Kristen Pickens

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

Grades 6-8

Junior Orchestra

Conductors: Ali Brasher Austell and Frank Slife

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

Grades 6-8

Junior String Orchestra

Conductor: Emily Awes

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 10:45am-12:45pm

Grades 6-8

Junior Band

Conductors: Josephine Gonzales and Mason Yordy

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

Elementary School Ensembles

Grades 4-5

Preparatory String Orchestra

Conductor: Gloria Velasco

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

Grade 5 – ESP I Graduates

Elementary String Project II

Instructor: Rafael Videira

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

Grade 4 – Beginners

Elementary String Project I

Instructor: Anne Bateman

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


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