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St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1970 by Leonard Slatkin, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra has had a significant impact on the region's young musicians for nearly half a century. Admission into the SLSYO is by audition only and the orchestra consists of 95-100 young musicians ranging in age from 12-22. Youth Orchestra musicians regularly represent more than 40 schools throughout the bi-state region. There are over 2,000 alumni in a wide range of professions, including six current members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. 

Rehearsals are held from 1:30pm-4:30pm on Saturdays during the school year. In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of conductor Gemma New, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the SLSO. The SLSYO presents three free concerts per season in historic Powell Hall.

For more information about the SLSYO, please contact Michael Gandlmayr, Youth Orchestra Manager, at 314-286-4119 or by email.

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The SLSYO has impacted thousands of young musicians for nearly half a century. Please help us continue this legacy by making a gift in honor of the SLSYO.

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