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Founded in 1970 by Leonard Slatkin, the YO has had a significant impact on the region's young musicians. Approximately 100 young musicians between the ages of 12-22 are selected after auditioning for a panel of SLSO musicians. Youth Orchestra members 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

In addition to rehearsing and performing challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of the SLSO Resident Conductor, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the SLSO. The YO presents three concerts per season in historic Powell Hall.

For more information about the YO, please email info@slso.org.


 YO MUSICIANS   Meet the newest members of the YO. 
  YO CONCERTS   Tickets for the 2020/2021 Season - Coming Soon! 
YO50 - activities Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the YO. 
  YO AUDITIONS  Learn how to join the YO. 
     YO ALUMNI     Reconnect and stay in touch with your YO. 


Presented by:

Kathleen Clucas

Supported by:

G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation
ESCO Technologies Foundation

Support the SLSYO

For half a century, the SLSYO has provided exceptional musical opportunities to the students in our region. Help us celebrate this milestone anniversary by donating $50 to honor 50 years of excellence.