About East Texas Youth Orchestra
The East Texas Youth Orchestra began as the Tyler Youth Orchestra in 1955, as a violin
ensemble for 5th and 6th graders, reorganized as a string orchestra in 1975, and expanded to
a full orchestra in 1979. The Tyler Preparatory Orchestra began in 1991 to provide musical
enrichment and training for beginning string musicians, and in 2006, the Tyler Academic Orchestra formed to serve intermediate musicians who are still honing their skills for the East
Texas Youth Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, the Tyler Youth Orchestra saw the need to expand and became the East Texas Youth Orchestra. Today we offer musical education to all
borders of our East Texas area.
ETYO recently completed its first international tour to Vienna, Austria, taking over 40 musicians
to perform in historic venues including the MuTh, home to the Vienna Boys Choir, and in the
Golden Hall of the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic. The East Texas Youth
Orchestra will begin its 64th season and is led by Artistic and Executive Director Felix Torres, Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Sarah Reason, and Jazz Academy director Dr. Sarah Roberts. The board of directors is comprised of community leaders from all over East Texas and is led by President Phil Ketcham.