The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO) is an exciting opportunity for students of Madison County and surrounding areas. The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra challenges students to develop their musical skills to their fullest potential, and play exciting literature.
Beginning in the fall we will start the 20th season. The orchestra will present not only three of their own concerts during their season, but we are also thrilled that the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra will be playing on one side-by-side performance with The Jackson Symphony this year. This special integration of the youth with the professional players gives a priceless opportunity to see what it would be like to be a professional level group. Another way JSYO will be able to benefit from The Jackson Symphony, is through its captivating conductor Peter Shannon. Not only will he direct the side by side concerts, but also occasionally appear as a guest conductor at the JSYO rehearsals to both inspire and motivate our next generation of musicians. The Youth Program will also provide chances to play in smaller ensembles around Jackson, bringing music to those who need cheering up.
The Symphony is excited to host two competitions this year. A concerto competition will be held in the spring for members of JSYO who would like the chance to perform a movement of a concerto with the rest of the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. This will be a public competition, where soloists will play before an audience and judging panel in order to see who will get the chance to perform. The other competition is a composition competition. This competition will be open to both high school and college students of Tennessee. Budding composers will submit scores to be judged, and the final selections will then be premiered by our very own Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra. The winning composer will not only have their work premiered, but also be invited to attend a rehearsal in which they may describe their composition, and any pointers they could suggest to our players.
Entry into The Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra is by audition. Serious young musicians who play any string instrument, standard orchestral brass and woodwinds, or percussion are invited to audition. Rehearsals are held at Union University on Thursday evenings from 7-9 pm.