Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras

Join our Orchestra! 

Auditions for New Members take place in September 2023

Go to the Audition Page for details

To sign up for an audition, you will need to fill out the form 

Donate to KVYSO!

We Thank our Sponsors for the 2022-2023 Season

McKee Law, Oak Grove School Education Foundation, Kennebec Savings Bank

Recent Concert

Spring 2023 Concert 

May 5, 2023 6:30pm

South Parish Congregational Church Augusta

and live-streamed on Youtube

Check out this Spot-Light article on

KVYS senior Breckon Davidson

from his local newspaper: the Town Line

Biographies of Graduating Seniors (Spring 2023)

Breckon Davidson, cello

Breckon played for two years in KVYO and the past two years in KVYS. He plans to enter college with a Biology major to become a doctor, then specialize in psychiatry or neurology. He's always had a great passion for music, especially classical, and loves to play famous orchestral repertoire in KVYS. He is particularly excited to be playing Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a piece he has enjoyed listening to for years. 

Aidan Montmeny, violin

Aidan started out in KVYS as principal 2nd violin in 2018, and after sharing the concertmaster role for a couple years, this year he has enjoyed mentoring his fellow musicians as concertmaster of KVYS as well as All State HS Orchestra. With several awards under his belt (Bangor Symphony HS concerto competition, Bay Chamber Young Stars of Maine prizes, Daponte String Quartet Honors), he plans to continue his musical studies at Gordon College. 

Promotional Video

Check out this video about our orchestra and its impact on students in central Maine.

We are grateful for Grant Support from the Elsie and William Viles Foundation and from the Maine Arts Commission and to Concert Sponsors McKee Law and U Maine Augusta!

Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras offer an outstanding enrichment opportunity for middle and high school musicians. With our convenient University of Maine at Augusta location, the rehearsals are accessible to students from Readfield to Brunswick to Lewiston/Auburn, the Mid-Coast & beyond

The Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony is modeled on professional orchestras, playing a wide variety of original orchestral compositions, including full concertos in both the fall and spring programs. KVYS is conducted by the energetic & inspiring Jinwook Park, who performs, directs, and teaches in Boston and at Colby College.  Did you miss our December 2018 concert?  Here's part of Beethoven's No. 1, which was our featured full-length work.

The Kennebec Valley Youth Orchestra is an equally exciting option for developing musicians conducted by Daniel Keller. KVYO plays some original compositions and some arrangements; they typically join KVYS for one piece each program.  Curious about the KVYO performance in the December concert?  Here's "The Jester," from Eric Ewazen's Four Royal Dances that were our centerpiece for the concert.

KVYSO is very aware of how busy young Maine musicians can be! We schedule rehearsals in the evening to accommodate after-school commitments, and take a break during the majority of the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra season so that musicians can play in both ensembles.  We meet in a central location that minimizes travel time for area youth and families. 

It is very important that KVYSO musicians continue their connections with their school ensembles, as KVYSO is meant to be supplemental. We also highly recommend that students receive private instruction, and can help connect students with local music teachers.  

Rolling auditions are available throughout the year; to schedule, contact our Education Director, Betsy Kobayashi.  We also hold auditions in February, May, and September.  Download an audition and registration form and return via email to Betsy Kobayashi.

For more information, email!

Special thanks to our 2018 Fall Concert Sponsors:

Special thanks tor our 2019 Spring Concert sponsors:

Thank you to all who attended our first concert and supported KVYSO!  

Photos, Video available on Facebook.