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. 

The Youth Orchestra welcomes new Music Director,

Mr. David Anderson.  

Before relocating to Pittsburgh, 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.  

David Anderson holds two additonal positions:  Music Director of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra in Soutthern Wisconsin and Music Director of Sinfonia at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, where he also teaches the complete theory sequence and serves as a staff accompanist.

Mr. Anderson said, "I am extremely excited to begin as the conductor of the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra! Through the brief but productive time working with players and in hearing auditions, it is clear that this orchestra is made up of talented and dedicated young musicians. I eagerly look forward to the coming weeks as we begin to make music together."

The Students are excited too.  Violinist, Alaina Gawel said "I think I can speak for everyone in the Youth Symphony when I say that Mr. Anderson is the perfect choice for our new music director.  We are all very excited to work with and learn from him, and I have no doubt that he will do great things with our orchestra." And Zelie Eger added "I am excited because I think he will help the Youth Orchestra grow together musically.  It will be really interesting to work with someone new."