Rehearsal & Audition Schedule

Important Message from Caitlin Peach, Manager

Links to Scales for Practice & Auditions


About the Alton Youth Symphony

The Alton Youth Symphony was founded in 1969 and has grown to include as many as 90 members. Thanks to generous donations from parents, community members and businesses, the orchestra is the only youth orchestra in the region that does not charge a membership fee for students and offers scholarships for private lessons and music camps to deserving members. The Youth Symphony was formed to further the musical opportunities for youth in the greater Alton area. Its members are young musicians in grades 6-8 that play string, wind and percussion instruments in a full symphony orchestrasetting. In addition, AYS Jr. Youth Symphony is open to less experienced string players wanting to develop their musical talents by performing in an ensemble. Each year the symphony performs two public concerts free of charge and performs on tour every spring at area schools.
AYS is governed by a fifteen member volunteer board of directors comprised of interested citizens from the community. The board includes active and retired music educators, parents of students and members of the business community. AYS employs a part-time orchestra manager in addition to the music director. Through a partnership with Lewis Clark Community College in Godfrey, AYS rehearses at the Ringhausen Music Facility on the campus of LCCC in exchange for providing opportunities for the college students to guest conduct and participate in coaching of our young musicians.

Alton Youth Symphony is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

AYS is grateful for the support of the Boeing Employees Community Fund


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AYS Videos:

Who We Are
2014 Spring Violin Solo
2014 AYS Concert
2014 Chamber Group
Jr. YS Concert Spring 2014


AYS is proud to offer several scholarships to Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM).