Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras

Congratulations to KVYS members
Ronan Sands,
Noah Smith, and
George Taylor

for being chosen as three of the six finalists for the
Maine High School Concerto Competition
sponsored by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra

Ronan earned 2nd place, Noah 3rd, and George Honorable Mention.

at UMaine Orono on Saturday February 10, 2024 at 2pm

Come to our Fall 2023 Concert

Sunday December 10, 2023 at 5pm

South Parish Church, 9 Church St. Augusta, ME

Donate to KVYSO!

We Thank our Sponsors for the 2022-2023 Season

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

Promotional Video

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

Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras offer an outstanding enrichment opportunity for middle and high school musicians. With our convenient central Maine 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 info@kvyso.org!