The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra has had a significant impact on the region’s student musicians for over 40 years. The Youth Orchestra consists of 95-100 young musicians ranging in age from 12-22. Youth Orchestra musicians represent more than three dozen schools throughout the bi-state region. Rehearsals are held weekly from 12:30-4:30 on Saturday afternoons during the school year, and the Youth Orchestra presents three concerts per season in historic Powell Hall. Admission to the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra is by audition only.
The mission of the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra is to develop the whole musician. Youth Orchestra musicians participate in Beyond Rehearsal sessions each Saturday. These sessions are aimed at preparing our young musicians for a life on and off the concert hall stage. Youth Orchestra musicians receive coaching from STL Symphony musicians, participate in master classes with visiting guest artists, and work with STL Symphony staff to learn about a musician’s role beyond performance.
Founded in 1970 by Leonard Slatkin, the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra has been a springboard for many young musicians seeking a career in orchestral music – including seven current members of the St. Louis Symphony. There are over 1,000 alumni, many as professional musicians as well as in other fields.
In 2008, the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra performed in the Missouri State Capital Building in Jefferson City and spoke with legislators about the importance of music education. The Youth Orchestra continues its advocacy for music education locally and state wide.
For information on the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra, please contact Director of Education & Youth Orchestra Jessica Ingraham at 314-286-4407 or by email.