The YSO provides an opportunity for students to work with musicians and discover a love for music. Through our student programs, the YSO touches many lives!
For Students

Opportunities to Connect

We believe that music has the power to bring families and communities together. The YSO is pleased to offer a variety of ways for youth, families, and the community to share experiences, learn and connect and develop a lifelong relationship with live orchestral music.

For Enthusiasts

Master Class

Come watch the YSO’s world-renowned guest artists directly teach their skills to some of York’s brightest and most talented young student musicians. If you are interested in performing, please contact Admission is free for all attendees. Master Classes take place at the Appell Center in various locations (50 N George Street, York, PA 17401). Experience the master at work with the York Symphony that evening!

Featuring Guest Artists:


Abigail Raiford, Soprano and Spencer Hamlin, Tenor: May 18, 2024 at 1:30–3PM in the Strand Theatre (Please enter through the N. Philadelphia Street entrance.)

For Youth

Education Programs

$11 Under 18 Tickets

Any available seat in the theater for any performance. Special Student price subscriptions are also available.

In-School Performances

The YSO provides an opportunity for students to work with musicians and discover a love for music. Small groups of York Symphony musicians perform in selected schools for students. Each year the YSO arranges for these opportunities throughout the county. Interested in having the musicians perform at your school? Contact

Petting Zoo

A chance for children to learn and play the instruments of the orchestra with the help of a professional musician. This is a great introductory experience that is included before some concerts and may be expanded to other venues. Hosted by our friends at the York Youth Symphony Orchestra.

York Youth Symphony Orchestra

To learn more about the York Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) grades 9-12, follow the link below.

York Junior Symphony Orchestra

To learn more about the York Junior Symphony Orchestra (YJSO) grades 5-8, follow the link below.

Young Person’s Concert

This concert was developed by our music director, Lawrence Golan, and inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s famous Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic. 

York Summer Music Academy 2024

York Symphony Orchestra & York College of PA

NEW! Now open to Middle School Students in addition to High School

Featuring Academy Concert, Large & Small Ensembles, and Enrichment Courses

Accepting All Band and Orchestral Instruments, including Piano

The York Summer Music Academy is a high school and middle school instrumental experience designed to complement the school music experiences of students in the greater York county region. Rebekah O’Brien, Assistant Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra, and Matthew Inkster, Director of Instrumental Studies at York College will conduct the Academy ensembles. Other instructors are members of the York Symphony Orchestra and/or the faculty of York College.

Student musicians will play in one of two groups daily as well as an All-Academy group. These three groups will perform in our final concert on Friday, June 28. Students will also have the opportunity to play in a smaller chamber group, work with a master teacher who is a member of the York Symphony, sing in a choir, and participate in various enrichment activities. All of these opportunities are meant to further the students musical learning in a supportive environment with outstanding teachers and conductors. We hope you will join us.

We hold two concerts that are open to the public and are free of charge.
Faculty Recital: Sunday, June 23
Academy Final Concert: Friday, June 28