The Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra (FYSO) is made up of string, wind, brass, percussion, piano and harp players. Together this dynamic group rehearses and performs a variety of exciting music - from classical to pops. They rehearse on Tuesday evenings mid-September through early May. Each season, the FYSO performs joint concerts with area high school bands and orchestras and a solo concert at The Whiting. In February 2018, they presented four "Meet the Orchestra!" Children's Concerts at Whiting Auditorium. On January 11th, 2019, FYSO will perform at the Mid-Michigan Band and Orchestra Festival, also at Whiting Auditorium.
Travel and exchange opportunities abound with the FYSO. The orchestra has developed relationships with the Limonest Youth Orchestra and Courbevoie Youth Orchestra (France), Great Island Fiddlers and Cork County Youth Orchestra (Ireland) and Gunma (Japan) Junior Philharmonic. Every other year, the group travels to one of those countries to perform with those orchestras and others. The FYSO toured France and England in Spring 2018, France in 2016 and Ireland in 2014. Plans are underway for the next tour in Spring 2020.
In years when it is not on the road, the FYSO frequently hosts foreign visitors. During the 2016-2017 season, they hosted musicians of both the Courbevoie Youth Orchestra and Limonest Conservatory. In Spring 2019, they'll host the Courbevoie Youth Orchestra. FYSO members have wonderful opportunities to work with the professional musicians in the Flint Symphony Orchestra. They receive coaching, observe and play at FSO rehearsals, attend FSO concerts and even have the chance to meet Maestro Enrique Diemecke! Want to join? Contact us!
FYSO meets weekly September 18 - May 7. Contact FSPA office regarding available openings.
|Weekly Rehearsals||TU||6:15 - 9:00pm||100|
|Fall string sectionals 9/20 - 11/18||TH||4:30 - 6:00pm||Stage|
|Winter string sectionals 1/17 - 3/7||TH||4:30 - 6:00pm||Stage|