The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO), founded in 1974, is a dynamic ensemble for advanced young musicians that have the opportunity to study alongside their talented peers and tackle a challenging season of standard orchestral repertoire and contemporary works. Many graduates from ASYO go on to study music at top conservatories and music schools (The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Brown University, etc.) and pursue careers in music performance, education, and beyond!

Do you want to learn from Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Musicians and Guest Artists? The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra provides all these opportunities and more!

  • Coachings and Sectionals with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Musicians
  • Masterclasses and workshops with ASO Guest Artists and Musicians
  • Concerto Competitions for featured performances with the ASO and ASYO
  • ASYO Chamber Players program, where select members rehearse and perform in chamber groups coached by ASO Coaches
  • Free tickets to select ASO Performances

About Our Season

The typical Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra season runs August - May. Rehearsals occur once a week, typically on Saturday mornings, with some exceptions. The Youth Orchestra performs three classical concerts each season. All rehearsals and performances are in Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center unless otherwise noted.

Application & Auditions

Applications for the 2024/25 season have closed.

The ASYO In-Person Auditions will be Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at the Woodruff Arts Center. Students advancing to this round were notified March 26, 2024. Individual audition times will be sent out no later than April 12, 2024. Thank you to all who applied!

Live Audition Excerpts

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  • Students must be a rising 8th - 12th grader to audition.
  • If a student's school program supports the student's instrument, the student must be in good standing with the school's music program in order to be eligible to audition and participate.


All students who are accepted into the ASYO must commit to attending weekly rehearsals, having assigned music prepared for each rehearsal, and following expectations found in the ASYO Guidebook.

Projected ASYO 2024-2025 Key Dates

Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall (Woodruff Arts Center)

Regular Rehearsal Schedule:

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Retreat Weekend

August 24 -25, 2024


  1. Overture Concert: Sunday, November 3, 2024
  2. Crescendo Concert: Sunday, February 23, 2025
  3. Finale Concert: Sunday, April 27, 2025

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Tuition for the 2024/25 ASYO Season is $950.00
  • Need-based financial aid is available for accepted students who complete the scholarship application process.