American Youth Symphony Orchestra

American Youth Symphony Orchestra (AYSO) in Chicago, IL provides a pathway for young musicians. AYSO fosters young musicians from intermediate to pre-professional to connect, create, and champion orchestral music. Young musicians are welcome to audition and are placed in ensembles to best meet their stage of development as a musician. AYSO provides orchestral training to musicians between 7 and 18 years and is held in Clarendon Hills, 20min west of Chicago, IL. 

Join AYSO and experience the exciting journey of creating and performing music through AYSO’s Youth Symphony & Chamber Music Program. AYSO strives to tap into the unlimited potential of young musicians to foster future professionals in music. Altogether, AYSO seeks to cultivate leadership skills and develop an exceptional work ethic for whatever challenges await our musicians.

The Chamber Music Program at AYSO is a great opportunity for young musicians to play and create chamber music in duos, trios, quartets, etc. In addition, the musicians are coached by some of Chicago’s premier musicians. Chamber music teaches diplomatic communication skills, learning to trust other musicians, and finding one’s own musical voice. Overall, the involvement making musical decisions together democratically is a wonderful and important experience for young people to make.

AYSO’s Concerto Competition takes place in January and is a great way for AYSO’s young artists to showcase their talents. The winner of the AYSO Concerto Competition gets the privilege to perform with the AYSO Youth Orchestra.

Youth Orchestra Auditions

Check for Fall ’23 Auditions Dates…

Chamber Music Program

Check for Fall ’23 Auditions Dates…


Concerto Competition

Competition Date – Jan 8, 2024

DEADLINE – Dec 18, 2023


Merit & Financial Aid available…

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AYSO’s mission is to provide professional leadership and experience to talented young musicians. This inspiration can enable them to expand their musical horizons and enables them to perform to the best of their ability. Allowing young artists to expand their imagination by nurturing a love of music is key to their development and success.