In the spring of 1982, Mesa Public Schools’ Wayne Roederer, and interested parents and music educators from the East Valley, began exploring the potential for developing a youth orchestra. Their goal was to provide a challenging program of excellence in orchestral music for young school musicians through the ninth grade. The first Metropolitan Youth Symphony season was launched that very year as more than 150 young people participated in the September auditions. The gala premiere concert, November 10, 1982, featured two string orchestras and one full symphony orchestra.
The growth of Metropolitan Youth Symphony has been impressive. Currently in our 35th season, the 340+ members of MYS, under the direction of Karalee Hagen-
MYS is proud to offer a unique and high quality musical experience for youth seldom found at any school level. Our youth ensembles have been invited to perform in a variety of locations including Phoenix Symphony Hall, the Mesa Amphitheater, Fiesta Mall, Disneyland and multiple performances in Washington, D.C. In 1993, members of Division 1, our full symphony orchestra, received the honor of performing at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall under the direction of Wayne Roederer, founder and current Musical Director Laureate.
MYS ensembles are pleased to perform in the Mesa Arts Center, a multi-
WHO WE ARE
Founded in 1982, Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) is one of the valley’s most established youth education programs dedicated to professional symphonic training for instrumental students. Members come from all over the Phoenix Metropolitan area and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to perform with the MYS ensembles.
Each week during the season these young musicians spend a rehearsal studying and performing outstanding literature with the finest of music educators and conductors in Arizona.
In addition to our symphonic programs, we offer a fiddlers’ program for our Division 1, 2 and 3 members. The MYS Fiddlers perform at public and private functions throughout the valley as well as our final MYS concert in the Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater. The MYS Honors Quartet Program is an additional offering to our most advanced string members from Division 1. This unique season-
WHAT WE DO
As these fine young people perform and progress along with their peers, they represent you and your school programs as members of one of our valley’s most established youth organizations.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To educate young instrumental musicians through the 9th grade in the art of symphonic performance through the use of the world's finest music developing character, discipline, leadership, cultural awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence; thus, enabling MYS to contribute to the Valley of the Sun’s rich cultural heritage and create a higher level of appreciation for the performing arts.