About Youth Symphony of Kansas City
Youth Symphony of Kansas City is a vibrant music education organization that provides enhanced orchestral experiences and builds the present and future classical music community. Through its four full orchestras and string programs, 450 students participate in the 2017-18 season, bringing live symphonic music to more than 15,000 annually in free concerts throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The organization celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019.
Students audition annually to participate in the program. In the most recent audition cycle, more than 700 musicians auditioned. Students perform concerts for community-wide audiences in cherished venues such as Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Folly Theater, Yardley Hall, the Gem Theater and others throughout the area. In April 2015, the organization relocated its administrative offices to the bustling Crossroads Arts District. In June 2018, 100 musicians participated in the Youth Symphony’s Austria Tour – its second international tour in three years.
At a time when some smaller arts organizations have struggled, Youth Symphony of Kansas City is thriving with steadily increasing interest in its programming, a commitment to engaging in new collaborations and a history of quality educational experiences and fiscal responsibility.