Founded in 1966 by the visionary Music Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Vincent de Frank, the Memphis Youth Symphony Program has evolved and grown in tandem with the MSO over the years, achieving independent 501(c)(3) status a decade ago. De Frank himself conducted the MYSP for 14 years before passing on the baton in 1980. Since that time, a multitude of gifted conductors have put their unique signature on the program and inspired new generations of young musicians to embrace and participate in a wide spectrum of musical arts.
Musical leaders since 1966, The MYSP has four performing orchestras. All four groups hold open auditions for membership each spring for the following season.
The MYSP encourages a broad base of support. Roughly 200 students from 50 different schools (including home school) from across the Tri-State region participate every year. We have an excellent performing ensemble for students of any age and level.
Click on the Brochure PDF to the right for more details about audition requirements.