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.

York Summer Music Academy 2022

York Symphony Orchestra & York College of PA
String and Wind Ensembles, Elective Courses, Lessons, and more

The York Summer Music Academy is a high school instrumental experience designed to complement the school music experiences of students in the greater York county region. Lawrence Golan, 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.

Who: Open to students completing grades 8-12 in 2022
When: June 26 – July 1, 2022 at 8 am – 5 pm daily
Location: York College of Pennsylvania (441 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403
Early Bird Tuition: $450 (Apply by May 31)
Regular Tuition: $495
Includes Lunch

Questions: Contact York Symphony at or 717-812-0717.

$10 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. Many of our guest artists conduct master classes or residencies in selected schools for students the day before their performance with the YSO. Each year the YSO arranges for these or other opportunities throughout the county.

York Junior Symphony Orchestra

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

York Youth Symphony Orchestra

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

For Students

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’s Studio (50 N George Street, York, PA 17401). Please enter through the N. Philadelphia Street entrance.

Featuring Guest Artists:


Hai-Ye, Cello: October 2, 2021 at 1:30-3pm


Stephanie Cheng, Piano: October 30, 2021 at 1:30-3pm


Billy Ray Hunter, Trumpet: February 19, 2022 at 1:30-3pm


Serena Benedetti, Soprano, & Spencer Hamlin, Tenor: May 21, 2022 at 1:30-3pm

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor: