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Pictures from the Spring Concert, April 29, 2018


The Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra was established in 1958 to provide talented young musicians the opportunity to further develop their musical potential. Students meet every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm to play music from the standard orchestral repertoire and beyond. Inspired by this rich curriculum, they refine their skills in an environment that fosters the love of music and of working together within an ensemble.

Auditions for the 2018-2019 Youth Orchestra were held Saturday, June 2nd HOwever there are still openings in the orchestra, especially for string players. Click here to fill out an application online, or fill out the application and send it in by clicking on the button below.  when the jso receives the form, we will contact you to make an arrangement for the audition.

There is an $80 membership fee which should be paid at the time of the application and before the audition.  Checks should be made payable to the "Johnstown Symphony Orchestra" and sent to 500 Galleria Drive #284, Johnstown 15904.  Checks will be returned to students who are not accepted into the Youth Orchestra.

For more information download the full application below.


Click on your instrument to see the 2018 audition requirements

flute     oboe     clarinet     bassoon     fr. horn     trumpet     trombone     tuba
Percussion     Harp     Violin     Viola     Cello     Bass

Click on the numbers next to your instrument below to view and download
the orchestral excerpts.  There are 3 for most instruments.

flute 1  2  3     oboe 1  2  3     clarinet 1  2  3      bassoon 1  2&3
fr. horn 1  2  3     trumpet 1  2  3    trombone 1  2  3     tuba 1  2  3
percussion 1  2  3      harp 1  2   violin 1  2  3     viola 1  2      
cello 1  2      bass 1  2 

Hard copies of the excerpts are available upon request.  
Call the JSO office 814-535-6738

Meet Our Music Director, David Anderson

Youth Orchestra Music Director, David Anderson

Youth Orchestra Music Director, David Anderson

David Anderson is thrilled to begin his third 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 launched 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.

Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania rural Arts Alliance from the 1889 Foundation Creative Health Impact Grant.