Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers (MYSP)

Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers (MYSP)

MYSP 2016-2017 Performances

Please join the 2016-2017 MYSP orchestras as they present their winter, mid-year, and spring concerts!

  • Winter Concert: Sunday, December 18, 4:00 pm, at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
  • Mid-Year Concert: Sunday, March 5, 4:00 pm, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord
  • Spring Concert with Powers Chamber Ensembles: Sunday, May 21, 4:00 pm, at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

Read about the pieces we'll be performing at our Winter Concert here!

Thank you to Allston Piano Moving Co., a division of Gentle Giant Moving Co., for supporting our spring event!



Placement Auditions for 2016-2017 Season are Ongoing!

We're holding auditions for the MYSP Chamber Orchestra and the MYSP Preparatory String Orchestra in the spring, fall, and on an ongoing basis. Read more about the orchestras below, and use the links to find information on ages, rehearsal schedules, and audition requirements. Current MYSP students planning to continue in the same level of MYSP need not audition again.

You may arrange an audition time with our Conductors by clicking the "Schedule your audition now!" button below.


How is MYSP different from other youth orchestras?

The Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers Music School (MYSP) was founded in 2013 to provide an exceptional environment for young students and teens to learn the musical, communicative, and interpersonal skills that are vital for playing music with others and for realizing their full potential as members of society. Our conductors focus on building character, leadership, and teamwork in addition to musical skills necessary for performing standard orchestral works at the highest caliber. The smaller size of our orchestras allows for more personalized attention for each student and demands a higher level of growth and mastery. No one gets lost in the shuffle! Students are challenged personally in a rewarding and supportive environment to improve their skills required to meet the musicals needs of ensemble playing.

The MYSP program is comprised of two orchestras led by highly experienced conductor-educators:

MYSP Chamber Orchestra
A 25-30 member ensemble of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion
Ages 12-18
Conductor: Spencer Aston
Learn more about the MYSP Chamber Orchestra

MYSP Preparatory String Orchestra
A 15-20 member string orchestra
Ages 9-13
Conductor: Aaron Kuan
Learn more about the MYSP Preparatory String Orchestra

Over the course of each season, the orchestras will explore a wide array of music from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to Contemporary and Popular styles. Students will be exposed to quality repertoire, will develop ensemble skills, and will strengthen their orchestra musicianship and rehearsal etiquette.

Weekly Saturday rehearsals begin in September and continue until the final concert in May, with the exception of those Saturdays when the school is closed for break. Past MYSP orchestras have appeared in concert venues at the Fenn School, Regis College Fine Arts Center, The Sorenson Center for the Arts (Babson College), and The 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

MYSP strives to maintain a strong educational presence in the Boston region by actively working to maintain the integrity and mission of Powers Music School.


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