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.

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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 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.


Click on your instrument to see the 2017 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  4     bassoon 1  2  3
fr. horn 1  2  3     trumpet 1  2  3  4   trombone 1  2  3     tuba 1  2  3
percussion 1  2  3  4     harp 1  2   violin 1  2  3  4    viola 1  2  3    
cello 1  2  3     bass 1  2  3

Hard copies of the excerpts are available upon request.  
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