Arlington Youth Symphony


The mission of the Arlington Youth Symphony is to educate and inspire young musicians through the pursuit of excellence in musical performance.


The Arlington Youth Symphony is comprised of two orchestras:


Symphony Orchestra (9th-college) and String Orchestra (6-8).



Flower Mound Community Orchestra


The Flower Mound Community Orchestras were established in 1994 to provide area residents a vehicle for the performance and enjoyment of classical music. Our mission is to encourage and instruct musicians in the art of orchestral presentation and to promote music education and awareness in the community.FMCO provides three ensembles for musicians of all levels of proficiency:                

​Symphony Orchestra      Progressive Orchestra      Preparatory Orchestra

​Join Us! 
​The orchestras are composed of local-area musicians of all ages who volunteer their time and considerable talents for the benefit of cultural awareness in the community and for their own enjoyment of playing in an ensemble. To audition for a place in any of the orchestras, please contact the Music Director.

Why Join?

Here's why some students, parents, and our own private teachers really enjoyed their youth orchestra experience. 


Youth symphony allowed me to experience music with other serious, dedicated, and high level musicians, and make friends across the region. Additionally as a section leader, coordinating and leading sectionals, suggesting bowings, and adding fingerings were my responsibility for 2 years.  Having that responsibility taught me to always be prepared no matter what you do.  Dedicating 3 hours of my Sunday never phased me, I always looked forward to it!


-Javi Betancourt, Private Cello Instructor



We felt that our daughter was living in an orchestra bubble in LISD that didn't give her a realistic view of how competitive violin could be. Participating in GDYO has introduced her to students from all over the North Texas area and has stepped up her level of performance after seeing the quality of players our area has.  It has also given her great experience with higher level music, a variety of quality directors, as well as cool venues in the Dallas area.


-Karen Knoch, Parent



For me, there was no better way to spend Saturday mornings. It allowed me to connect with musicians who were passionate and inspiring.


-Miriam Oddie, Private Viola Instructor



Being involved in a youth orchestra pushed me to become a better musician and helped me grow as a person. I had many chances to work with incredible musicians and conductors from all over the world that pushed me musically and encouraged us to experience and look at the world from a different perspective.


-Sarah Beck, Private Violin Instructor



I liked that there were lots of different people and it was a different kind of orchestra experience. I liked having more music to work on, and it was challenging and fun! I made a few friends and the concerts were in really cool places!


-Madeline McCourt, Student



My daughter enjoyed the Downing Orchestra program immensely and learned so much in a short period of time, that she was inspired to join the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra – Strings Orchestra. It was a challenging opportunity for her and the environment was quite different from the school program. Meeting just once a week fostered self-discipline and independence, and provided a keen sense of accomplishment for FWYO members. Learning to work with a diverse group of musicians and perform in a wide variety of venues developed adaptability and self-confidence. The experience was fantastic and was a real complement to the Downing Orchestra program.





-Karen Lynch, Parent

Fort Worth Youth Orchestra


The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1965. But, FWYO is more than exceptional performances; it is music education, music outreach and special events. Each year, the organization serves over 300 talented Fort Worth-area musicians ages 5-18 through four core orchestras and supplemental programs that include chamber music ensembles and an all-level Suzuki Strings Program. FWYO musicians experience superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Fort Worth's most respected professional musicians, perform in world-class concert halls and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

Other Orchestra Opportunities

Can't get enough of orchestra at school?  Here are a few other orchestras you can be a part of!



Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra


Since 1972, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has grown from an unknown orchestra to an internationally acclaimed ensemble. Today, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc. serves over 450 talented musician and includes a total of seven ensembles:

​the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO)
the Philharmonicthe Wind Symphony
​the Sinfonietta
​the Dallas String Ensemble (DSE)
Young Performers Orchestra (YPO)
the Flute Choir

SELECTION PROCESS
Through competitive auditions held each spring, students are selected for membership and placed in appropriate ensembles. Any student who successfully auditions for any Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras ensemble is accepted regardless of ability to pay. Spring auditions determine placement for the beginning of the new season. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras season aligns with most area school calendars, beginning in late August and concluding in May, with breaks for holidays.

North Texas Youth Orchestra


North Texas Youth Orchestra provides opportunities for young musicians to serve their community, enrich lives through the performance of music, elevate the awareness of the arts throughout North Texas and motivate young adults to excel as musicians and community members.


Collin County Youth Orchestra

CCYO is dedicated to offering string players, age 8-18, in the North Texas area, the opportunity to participate in exceptional educational ensembles that will help them grow as musicians and performers, and to support music teachers and programs in our region while enriching the cultural life of the area.


Work Hard.  Play Harder.

Downing Orchestra

Lone Star Youth Orchestra


The Lone Star Youth Orchestra provides young, advanced level instrumentalists in the Metroplex area the opportunity to supplement and enhance their music education through opportunities to learn symphonic literature and high quality orchestral and ensemble training.  Membership, by audition, in the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is open to all middle school and high school string, woodwind, brass and percussion players.


Founded in 19999, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra is under the direction of Drew Johnson.  Rehearsals take place weekly at the Irving Arts Center form 6:30-9:00 pm, including a weekly snack break!  The LSYO provides 4 concerts a year to the public at Carpentar Hall in the Irving Arts Center.


For more information regarding the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, please contact the Education Manager at 972-252-4800