Young musicians of exceptional talent need enrichment programs just as academically gifted youngsters need challenges beyond ordinary class work. In 1958, the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra was established to fill this need by giving talented young musicians the opportunity to further develop their musical potential.

Founded in 1958, the Youth Orchestra provides a professional atmosphere through which young players may gain a wide variety of experiences. Semi-annual concerts, as well as concert tours to area schools to perform for their peers, will provide the Youth Orchestra members with valuable symphonic performance experiences. 

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Check the box below if you are interested in auditioning for an honors chamber ensemble

If you prefer to to send a check for the $80 tuition, please send it to:
JSYO Auditions
Johnstown Symhony Orchestra
500 Galleria Drive, Suite 284
Johnstown, PA 15904

You will be notified of the assigned audition time.  
Auditions will last approximately 10 minutes.

                                       Youth Orchestra Music Director, David Anderson

                                       Youth Orchestra Music Director, David Anderson

David Anderson is thrilled to begin his second season as conductor of the JSYO! Before relocating to Pittsburgh in 2014, Anderson served for seven years as Philharmonia Conductor of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, working with young musicians from the Chicago suburbs. During this time, he helped to establish the EYSO program as one of the premier regional youth orchestras in the Midwest. In addition to his work advancing the musicianship and artistry of Philharmonia, Anderson served as the EYSO’s Chamber Music Institute Director from 2007 to 2012. Through his leadership, enrollment in CMI more than quadrupled, expanded school-day concerts provided performance and recruiting opportunities, and a series of community concerts was initiated to help the EYSO bring chamber music to a wider audience. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the JSYO will launch two honors chamber music ensembles to provide the unique experience of playing in small settings to students in the Johnstown region.


Anderson begins his eighth season as Music Director for the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra in Southern Wisconsin and is on faculty at Seton Hill University, where he teaches the complete music theory sequence and serves as a staff accompanist.