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St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

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 three current members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

In addition to rehearsing and performing challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of the SLSO Assistant Conductor Stephanie Childress, 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 Concerts Learn more about the 22/23 concerts.
 YO MUSICIANS   Meet the newest members of the YO. 
  YO AUDITIONS  Learn how to join the YO. 
     YO ALUMNI     Reconnect and stay in touch with your YO. 


SLSO education programs are presented by:


Youth Orchestra programs are presented by:

Kathleen Clucas

And supported in part by:

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

Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union

ESCO Technologies Foundation

Support the YO

For more than half a century, the Youth Orchestra has provided exceptional musical opportunities to students in our region. Make your gift today and champion music education in our community.