Press Releases

July 2013, Violinist Grant Donnellan discusses his role as Marrowstone Music Faculty and Whatcom Symphony Orchestra concertmaster

July 2013, Marrowstone Music Festival Announces its 2013 Season: Seattle Opera Partnership is a Highlight for 70th Summer Season Performances

June 2013, SYSO and Pacific Northwest Ballet Present the Next Generation of Performing Artists

May 2013, SYSO Presents 70th Anniversary Season Finale: Young Musicians to Tackle Major Orchestral Works

April 2013, SYSO Celebrates 70 years at Gala Concert April 28, 2013

April 2013, SYSO Partners with Seattle Opera for "Our Earth" April 20

March 2013, Five SYSO Musicians Accepted to NYO-USA

February 2013, February 10 Heron and Salmon Girl, Our Earth Opera #1

January 2013, Celebrating young musicians of Southwest Seattle at Super String Saturday on January 26, 2013

January 2013, SYSO's 70th season continues with a January 13 concert featuring Wagnerian masterworks and soprano soloist Adina Aaron

May 2012, SYSO and Pacific Northwest Ballet collaborate on two performances in unique partnership

May 2012, Seattle Youth Symphony musicians to fill Benaroya Hall with Guiseppe Verdi's epic Messa da Requiem

April 2012, Join us for "SPECTACULARLY SYSO: making music. changing lives." on May 5

February 2012, Seattle Youth Symphony Presents "Musical Portraits" with Major Works by Strauss and Elgar

January 2012, Celebrating Young String Musicians of South West Seattle at Super String Saturday

September 2011, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season Press Release


News Stories

Violinist Grant Donnellan discusses his role as Marrowstone Music Faculty and Whatcom Symphony Orchestra concertmaster. - Bellingham Herald, July 25, 2013

New Works and Next Step 2013 in Review - Vanguard Arts Seattle Arts + Culture, June 25, 2013

What’s Next : An interview with NEXT STEP dancers Alex Hyman and Jacqui Schiller, and musician Benton Gordon - Teen Tix Blog, June 12, 2013

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 70 years instrumental to young musicians’ success - Northwest Asian Weekly, April 25, 2013

Seattle Opera Creates Trilogy for Youth - Seattle's Child, February 26, 2013

"There is no substitute for live music in a performance such as this, and the orchestra filled the building with lilting strains and powerful melodies."
- Seattle's Child

Big Northwest Themes, Mini Opera: Review of 'Heron and the Salmon Girl' - ParentMap Blog, February 16, 2013

Seattle Opera presents opera for kids - ArtZone with Nancy Guppy, February 15, 2013
(story at time mark 5:98-8:57)

SYSO's place in the Seattle arts scene. KUOW 94.9FM, January 3, 2013.
SYSO Music Director Stephen R. Radcliffe talked with Marcy Sillman about the importance of celebrating SYSO's extraordinary 70 years in the Seattle arts scene. Interview begins at the 41:26 minute mark.

Six Tips to Grow a Musician. Seattle's Child, August 2012.
What's the best way to introduce young people to the joys of playing music? SYSO Music Director Stephen R. Radcliffe shares his insights for the next generation of aspiring musicians.

Southwest Seattle Strings project brings music lessons to local schools. West Seattle Herald, May 15, 2012.
SYSO's coaching and outreach programs in Southwest Seattle are increasing access to music education and having a positive impact on reading scores.

Getting in on the Ground Floor with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. The SunBreak, May 10, 2012.
Philippa Kiraly profiles the SYSO's expanding partnerships with the Seattle performing arts community. Whether performing with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera or the 5th Avenue Theatre, SYSO musicians' "undeniable talent makes for wonderful performances."

CityArts Magazine: Staff Picks. CityArts Magazine, May 2012.
In recommending the Seattle Youth Symphony's May 20 concert featuring Verdi's Requiem, CityArts lauded SYSO's consistently talented musicians:

"These kids are young musicians of impressive talent. Any concert of theirs is a polished performance. Not to mention an exciting one: For every player, each work is a premiere, the first time they've ever played it."

The Art of Our City: New Year, New Art. KUOW, January 9, 2012.
Audio only. Dave Ross featured SYSO's Super String Saturday as a highlight of Seattle's winter arts scene. Interviews include Music Director Stephen Radcliffe.

Seattle's Memorable Concerts of 2010. The Gathering Note, December 29, 2010.
Seattle Youth Symphony’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 was ranked one of the Top 10 Concerts of 2010!

Can Youth Orchestras Save Classical Music? The Gathering Note, May 26, 2010.
Read a review of the Youth Symphony’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. “Radcliffe and the SYSO made us believe in a heavenly power and made me believe in the future of classical music.”

2009 Mayor's Arts Awards. The Seattle Channel, September 2009.
Video profile of SYSO as an award recipient.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The Seattle Channel, December 11, 2009.
Video. Starting around the 7:15 mark, this program features another story on SYSO musicians.

Seattle Youth Symphony gets Berlioz's macabre ideas. The Gathering Note, March 9, 2008.
Concert review.

SYSO recieves $500,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation
       A hefty new grant from the Wallace Foundation will expose many Seattle public schoolchildren to the wonders of Bach and Mozart, courtesy of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - May 19th, 2008
      Energetic Youth Symphony packs a punch

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - May 20th, 2007
      Young players rise to Bartok challenge

Artist Bios

2011-2012 Soloists