Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony

Grades 9-12

The Youth Symphony (YS) is the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s premier ensemble. It is comprised of 60-80 of the most talented and dedicated string, woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the Albuquerque area. Youth Symphony students have the opportunity to hone their skills while performing a wide variety of advanced orchestral repertoire as well as works by contemporary composers.

WEEKLY REHEARSALS: Mondays 6:30-9:15pm (unless otherwise noted) at the AYSP Facility

SECTIONALS: Youth Symphony students participate in sectionals, during which each section works with a professional musician to assist them in preparing season repertoire and addressing instrument specific issues. Sectionals are held several times each semester during the regular rehearsal timewith a variety of professional musicians from our community.

CONCERTS: The Youth Symphony gives two performances at the University of New Mexico’s Popejoy Hall each season - one in late October or November and one in April or early May. Prior to the fall performance at Popejoy Hall, the Youth Symphony performs a community concert at a school or community space. These three performances, along with associated dress rehearsals, are mandatory for all members of the Youth Symphony. Youth Symphony students also have the opportunity to participate in an additional optional performance in December, with rehearsals leading up to the concert during the regular time on Monday evenings. The nature, repertoire, and date of this performance vary annually.

CONCERTO COMPETITION: The Youth Symphony holds a Concerto Competition annually in May to select two soloists for the following season. Students enrolled in the Youth Symphony as high-school juniors the previous season are eligible to audition for the Concerto Competition. Learn more

SCHOOL TOUR: The Youth Symphony performs annually in November at a public school in the Albuquerque area as part of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s School Tours. The host school offers one or more assemblies in the morning (usually between 7am-12pm) for their students, during which the Youth Symphony performs several pieces and students at the host school learn about classical and symphonic music. Youth Symphony students enrolled in APS schools are excused from classes on the morning of their School Tour. Parents bring their students to the host school and pick them up.

ANNUAL TOUR: The Youth Symphony has a rich history of touring – locally, nationally, and internationally. Tours give students unparalleled opportunities to experience other cultures across the world, make life-long memories, and perform in world-class venues. During recent tours, Youth Symphony students have performed at the Teatro Nacional in Costa Rica, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and a number of other outstanding venues! Participation in tours, when they are offered, is strongly encouraged of all Youth Symphony members.

Artistic Director and YS Conductor

Sayra Siverson

At the age of 16, Sayra Siverson became the youngest member of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Henry Charles Smith, as well as the Sioux Cit