Founded in 1942, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO) is the largest youth orchestra training program in the United States. The organization serves over 1,500 diverse students each year with four full orchestras, three summer festival programs, and extensive partnerships with local public schools. By awarding nearly $200,000 in financial aid annually, SYSO ensures that every talented student can participate in our programs, regardless of financial resources.

SYSO-in-the-Schools supports public school instrumental music programs by providing instruction in 25 Seattle-area public schools serving over 600 students annually.

Marrowstone Summer Festivals provide intensive learning environments for over 500 students age 7 to 25 years each summer.

The Academic-Year Orchestra Program serves over 470 students through four full orchestras:

Symphonette Orchestra
Kate Labiak, Conductor

The Symphonette Orchestra serves as a wonderful arena for younger musicians to gain valuable performance experience. The repertoire is varied and serves as an introduction to orchestral technique and style.

Debut Symphony Orchestra
Mark Adamo, Conductor

The Debut Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1946 and is the largest orchestra in the organization's academic year program.

Junior Symphony Orchestra
Marcus Tsutakawa, Conductor

The Junior Symphony Orchestra performs major works from the symphonic repertoire.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Stephen Radcliffe,
Conductor & SYSO Music Director
Comprised of talented young musicians in the Puget Sound region, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is SYSO's flagship orchestra and one of the premier youth orchestras in the United States. Repertoire includes a variety of styles from early music to world premieres. The orchestra performs three regular season concerts in Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, and regularly partners with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Seattle Opera, regional Broadway Musical Theater organizations, local choruses and internationally acclaimed guest artists and conductors.