Established in 1974, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra provides Atlanta’s most talented and dedicated students an outlet to perform masterworks.

Each year, more than three hundred rising 8th to 12th-grade instrumentalists audition for seats in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO). The ASYO presents a three-concert series each year and members have exclusive invitations to participate in readings and master classes with the top artists in the instrumental music industry.

Mission Statement

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is an integral member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra family and a vigorous part of the cultural fabric of the community. The ASYO strives for national preeminence among youth orchestras while cultivating the artistic growth and excellence of its members through enriching orchestral experiences and mentoring by ASO musicians.


ASYO 50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, May 11, 2pm

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) with a very special celebration. We'll begin with a special performance by our ASYO alumni, led by the founding Music Director of the ASYO, Michael Palmer, and Jere Flint, who led the ASYO for 35 years. We'll then welcome our current ASYO members to the stage to perform the 2024 Finale Concert. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

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We have received a tremendous response to our Alumni Survey, and we'd love to hear from more of our ASYO friends. Please complete the survey at the link below.

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A Brief History of the ASYO

The history of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is quite remarkable. Established in 1974 as a subsidiary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, itself initially a youth ensemble, its origins reflect a rich tradition of nurturing young talent. Michael Palmer, then Associate Conductor of the ASO, served as the inaugural director of the ASYO, setting a formidable standard for his successors. Among them, Jere Flint, who helmed the ASYO from 1979 to 2014, left an indelible mark on the orchestra.

The roster of music directors preceding and succeeding Jere Flint reads like a who’s who of American orchestral talent, featuring luminaries such as Sung Kwak, Joseph Young, Stephen Mulligan, Jerry Hou, and the current ASYO Music Director, William R. Langley. Alongside their guidance, the invaluable coaching and mentorship provided by ASO and community musicians have been integral to the program since its inception 50 years ago, cementing its exceptional status.

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra has produced a plethora of remarkable talent, with many alumni pursuing further studies in prestigious colleges and conservatories worldwide. They now grace orchestras, and stages as soloists, conductors, and educators, enriching musical landscapes across the globe. Atlanta Symphony Hall serves as a springboard for these artists to flourish both musically and professionally. The skills honed during their ASYO tenure pave the way for bright futures, fostering a lifelong love of music.

Atlanta is fortunate to boast not only a world-class orchestra but also one of the nation’s premier youth orchestras, complemented by a supportive ecosystem. Many ASO musicians serve as coaches, mentors, and private instructors, nurturing the talents of the next generation while captivating audiences from the stage.

Over the years, the ASYO has fostered cultural exchanges with youth orchestras from Great Britain, Australia, Berlin, Germany, and various US cities. Noteworthy performances include captivating audiences during the 1996 Cultural Olympiad and being featured at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, broadcast globally.

Representing 8th through 12th graders from over 20 metro area school districts, the ASYO boasts 120 chairs filled through auditions from a pool of 400 applicants. ASYO students consistently earn spots in GMEA All-State ensembles and secure placements in prestigious national summer music programs.

Thousands of alumni continue to champion the arts as performers, educators, administrators, donors, and patrons. Looking ahead, we eagerly anticipate collaborating with these talented students and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra education team to perpetuate and expand the ASYO legacy in Georgia and beyond.

Audition Information

Applications for the 2024/25 season have closed. Thank you for your interest in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Current Roster

The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra is proud to announce our current season roster.

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Photo Galleries

View photos of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Past Performances

Enjoy past performances of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra on-demand.

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ASYO Music Director

Meet William R. Langley, Associate Conductor and ASYO Music Director.

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Upcoming Performances

More Info for Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Overture Concert
November 3, 2024

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Overture Concert

William R. Langley Associate Conductor and ASYO Music Director
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
More Info for Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Crescendo Concert
February 23, 2025

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Crescendo Concert

William R. Langley Associate Conductor and ASYO Music Director
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
More Info for Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Finale Concert
April 27, 2025

Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Finale Concert

William R. Langley Associate Conductor and ASYO Music Director
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra