Youth Orchestras

The Owensboro Symphony, through its sponsorship of the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra program, provides specialized training to more than 100 talented young musicians each year. The Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra program dedicates itself to building on the success of school programs by offering outstanding students music that continues to challenge them in their growth. Many students exiting the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra have been offered college music scholarships and continue performing beyond high school graduation.

The program consists of two performing ensembles: the Youth Orchestra, a full orchestra experience, and a String Orchestra. Participants represent every local and many regional high school and middle school bands and orchestras. The Youth Orchestra welcomes adults and college students who wish to continue their careers as instrumentalists at a very high level.

Concert on the Lawn Music Student Gathering:

August 24 6:00PM

Kentucky Wesleyan College Front Lawn

Music students are invited to gather together to enjoy a night of music and community at the Owensboro Symphony’s Concert on the Lawn at 7:00PM. Come and mingle with Youth Orchestra students and learn more about the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

New Student/Seating Auditions for Youth Orchestra: 

August 25 & 26 – Please email the conductor Mark Hatlestad to schedule your audition!

Rehearsals / Attendance

The String Orchestra rehearses from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. every Monday when school is in session. The Youth Orchestra rehearses from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the same calendar. During September and October, wind and percussion players do not join the full orchestra rehearsal until 7:00 p.m. to accommodate school marching band schedules.

Students are expected to attend every rehearsal. Unexcused absences will affect membership in the Youth Orchestra. School ensembles always take precedence in attendance. Communication is essential to ensure a quality experience for every member. Members are encouraged to communicate with their directors regarding questions and issues regarding attendance.

Contact Information

The directors are not available for phone calls during the day. Please use text or email only.


Annual tuition for the String Orchestra is $150. Tuition for the Youth Orchestra is $225. Need-based scholarships are available on a limited basis. Forms for scholarships need to be submitted by mid-September for each year in the youth orchestras.

Parent Involvement / Meetings

Communication with parents is extremely important to the success of the Youth Orchestra program. Parents meet at 5:35 – 5:50PM on a few Mondays. Email reminders will be sent to parents the week before the meeting and these dates can be found in advance on the schedule below.

For additional information regarding the Youth Orchestra, policies, or scholarships, contact the Youth Orchestra Coordinator, Greg Olson.

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