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Youth Orchestra

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra 

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is to educate students through high-level orchestral training in a professional environment while developing new audiences for symphonic music.

Sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony League and the Knoxville Symphony Society, the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of five ensembles and a training class totaling over 300 student musicians:

  • The Youth Orchestra
  • The Youth Chamber Orchestra
  • The Sinfonia
  • The Philharmonia
  • The Preludium
  • Orchestra Class

The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, now in its 44th season, is an auditioned full symphonic orchestra and string ensembles comprised of some of the area's most talented young musicians. It performs four concerts during the season and is open to all students grade 12 and younger who play an orchestral instrument (including keyboard). 

Youth Orchestra members may choose to participate in the Association's Chamber Music Program where they have the opportunity to play in smaller ensembles.

For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, 
contact Kathy Hart

KSYO Travel Fund

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About the KSYO Travel Fund

The KSYO has been invited to compete in the 2018 National Orchestra Festival, a part of the American String Teacher's Association annual National Conference, held in Atlanta, GA, in 2018. The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra is hosting multiple fundraising events to support the KSYO Travel Fund, which will allow students to perform across the United States and perhaps abroad. The KSYO will travel to Atlanta, March 8 – 10, to compete, where our students will also have the opportunity to attend an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert as well as meet ASO musicians with East Tennessee ties. This is the first time in the KSYO’s 44-year history that the orchestra has traveled to perform.

Here's how you can help:

Dine to Donate at local restaurants where a portion of the proceeds goes back to the KSYO. Check back here for more dates.

November 6 - Chipolte, Cedar Bluff location

February TBD

April TBD


• Holiday Concerts - December 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - All Saints Episcopal
Church, 601 W Main Street, Morristown, TN - ($15.00 at the door featuring KSYO ensembles)


• Holiday Concerts - December 17, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd, Knoxville, TN - ($10.00 at the door featuring KSYO ensembles)


• KSYO Practice Competition - Coming in January 2018
Sponsor a student's practice units, proceeds go to the KSYO travel fund and students win prizes for practicing


• Get your Business or Company involved! Commit to a one-time Corporate Sponsorship - Contact Erin Bagwell for more information.