The YYSO looks to create new opportunities for our members and for the community.

Our goal is to provide more accessibility to music education in the York and Adams counties.  

Orchestra Petting Zoo

The Orchestra Petting zoo first started as a part of the celebrateARTS week hosted by the Cultural Alliance of York County. This music education activity has YYSO members display the instruments they play to children and families interested in learning an instrument. 

The next Orchestra Petting zoo will take place at the Agriculture and Industrial Museum on Saturday January 25, 2020. Times will be announced soon. 

College Scholarships

Stanley L. Gladfelter College Scholarship Application [MS Word]

This scholarship will be presented to one deserving senior member of the YYSO who intends to major in music in college. It will be given for outstanding effort and dedication toward promoting music to others as well as devotion and hard work in developing personal musical skills. It will not necessarily be given on financial need or excellence in performance.

Application Requirements:

To apply for the Stanley L. Gladfelter College Scholarship, you must be a high school senior planning to pursue a course of study in a music-related field. These scholarships are a one-time gift issued for the fall semester following the recipient's final year of high school.​

Application Due Date: April 4, 2020

Chamber Ensembles

In the 2018-2019 season, the YYSO launched its first Chamber Ensemble Program. This Program allows YYSO members to participate in small ensembles such as a string octet, brass quintet, and woodwind quartet. 

The YYSO reaches out to professional educators and performers in the York area to lead these ensembles. This is an intensive six-week program with the opportunity for multiple performances throughout York County. 

If you are interested please sign up [HERE]

NOTE: There is a $25 fee for participants. 

Summer Music Camp Scholarships

Summer Music Program Scholarship Application [MS Word]

Purpose: Scholarships are granted for summer music camp attendance for the purpose of improving the student’s ability - the ultimate goal being the improvement of the York Youth Symphony.

Application Due Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Concerto Competition

Concerto Competition Application [MS Word]

Each year, the YYSO holds a Concert Competition for its members. Winners of the Competition perform their selection with the full orchestra at Winter or Spring Concert.


  1. The Concerto Competition is open to all members in good standing of the YYSO, with all tuition paid.

  2. Members may win the Competition one time only.

  3. Members shall compete on the instrument they normally play in the YYSO.

  4. All contestants must provide their own accompanist.

  5. The Concerto Competition is a live competition only. No recorded auditions will be accepted.

  6. The Competition will be held on the date listed below.  Any conflicts or requests for deviations from this date must be present to the Operation and Personnel Manager, Roth Preap, prior to the Application Due Date.

  7. Please complete this form using MS Word.


Repertoire Guidelines

  1. Contestants must audition on the Concerto they would like to perform with the Orchestra.

  2. The piece should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.  In many cases this will mean performing only one movement of a standard concerto or a shorter work with orchestral accompaniment playable by the YYSO.

  3. Please confirm your music selection with the Music Director/Conductor prior to the Concerto Competition auditions

Application Due Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020

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