Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers (MYSP)

Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project at Powers (MYSP)

Want to stand out as a musician? Then you'll fit right in. 

"Every musician is important at MYSP. We wanted a good orchestra/ensemble for our son to grow beyond individual play, yet our son did not want to be in a pressurized atmosphere. MYSP is a great orchestra to meet these needs: to learn and be part of a talented orchestra while at the same time to be in a positive, and dare I say fun, environment."
- Mary Ann Sorel, 2016/2017 MYSP Parent

"All the coaches are kind and understanding, and the environment is friendly and warm. The music is well picked-not too easy or hard though you definitely need to practice at home. MYSP is so unique because the orchestra is large enough that you don 't feel alone but small enough that you can receive specialized help without being overwhelmed by a large group of kids. We also have many different instruments so everyone gets a sense of how music blends together."
- Vivian Danahy, 2016/2017 MYSP Member

Placement Auditions for the 2017-2018 Season!

We're holding auditions for the MYSP Chamber Orchestra and the MYSP Preparatory 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.

Audition Time Slots:

  • Friday, May 19, 6:00-9:00 pm, Cabot Room at 380 Concord Avenue
  • Saturday, May 20, 5:30-9:00 pm, Cabot Room at 380 Concord Avenue
  • Friday, June 2, 6:00-9:00 pm, Cabot Room at 380 Concord Avenue
  • Saturday, June 3, 1:00-5:00 pm, Room 2 at 380 Concord Avenue
  • Sunday, June 4, 1:00-5:00 pm, Cabot room at 380 Concord Avenue

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: Dr. Spencer Aston
Learn more about the MYSP Chamber Orchestra

MYSP Preparatory Orchestra
A 15-20 member string orchestra
Ages 9-13
Conductor: Will be announced this summer!
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.

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 featuring Powers Chamber Ensembles and winner of Powers Music School's Concerto Competition: Sunday, May 21, 3:00 pm, at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington


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