Why Play in a Youth Symphony?

Playing in a symphony orchestra setting is a special opportunity for young musicians: the repertoire and the sheer sound of the symphony orchestra creates an unparalleled musical experience. In this ensemble, students learn to be a vital part of a musical team and experience how each instrument and each player is crucial in creating an excellent musical performance. The opportunity to play this great repertoire allows each student to perform to their full potential, therefore building enthusiasm for music and for their chosen instrument.

Northwest Washington is fortunate to have vibrant public school music programs offering band and string orchestra classes. North Sound Youth Symphony aims to complement and support the school music programs with an opportunity for band and orchestra musicians to combine in a symphonic experience that includes string instruments, woodwinds, brass and percussion.

Performance Levels

NSYS offers two performance levels: Symphony and Philharmonia. Talented conductors are assisted by a professional coaching staff and by WWU Music Education majors who serve as coaches and mentors for NSYS students.




Auditions are held three times a year, by appointment, at the beginning of the fall, winter and spring trimesters.
For specific audition requirements for each performance level, please look HERE.
To schedule an audition, please email: info@northsoundyouthsymphony.org


Rehearsals are on Mondays at the Performing Arts Center at Western Washington University (MAP).

    • Symphony 6:15-8:15 pm

    • Philharmonia 6:15-8:15 pm

For more information, click here to go to our rehearsals page.