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New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras

Meet the NBSYO!

The New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra program was established in 2008 under the auspices of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2008, the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras have been bringing together talented young musicians from across the Southeastern Massachusetts region to participate in an educational and artistic experience in a full orchestra setting.

Membership in the NBSYO is open to students of grade school age through age 21. The NBSYO organization is made up of five orchestras, with students placed into the appropriate ensemble by audition. Membership and seating assignments are not automatically renewed, and students must audition for placement at the beginning of each season. All NBSYO musicians must be members in good standing in their school instrumental music programs.

The NBSYO season runs from September to May, with four scheduled concerts, including a side-by-side performance with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in December. Other performance opportunities include chamber music performances at community events throughout the year, as well as performances at NBSYO functions.

To learn more about our program, please feel free to explore our website, view our brochure, or contact NBSYO Coordinator Emily K. Grace


In order to achieve this mission the NBSYO will: