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MYO offers several unique opportunities for students to learn, thrive and excel.

MYO Orchestra

This full orchestra is open to advanced student musicians in middle and high school.The MYO plays three to four major concerts per season performing music from challenging orchestra repertoire such as:

• Copland – Lincoln Portrait
• Holst – The Planets
• Mozart – Jupiter Symphony
• Beethoven – 1st, 6th and 7th Symphonies
• Dvorak – 8th Symphony
• Torellli – Trumpet Concerto
• Vivaldi – Four Seasons
• Sibelius – Finlandia

Past venues include playing before the US Congress for the Congressional Awards Services, performing in the Kennedy Center and in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

MYO Repertory Ensemble

The MYO Repertory Ensemble (MYO-REP) is open to younger players (ages 10 and up). The MYO-REP is a string orchestra, performing string literature with some occasional woodwind assistance. conducted by Drew Lisowski.  MYO-REP performs three times a season, in the same concert as the MYO.  Like the MYO, the MYO-REP will be performing great literature, avoiding arrangements.

Section Connection!

Unlike other youth orchestras, MYO offers additional opportunities for growth with its Section Connection! These sectionals give students an opportunity to work with professional musicians in small groups to focus on individual sectional needs and skills.

Side-by-Side Concerts

MYO provides multiple opportunities for students to work with and learn from professional musicians. Each season students participate in a Side-by-Side Concert with members of the Tysons McLean Orchestra.

Chamber Ensembles & Solos

Opportunities are available for playing in chamber ensembles and for soloing with the orchestra.  Many concerts include student soloists, small chamber groups, and even student conductors.


Students may have opportunities to earn community service hours for helping within the organization. Please speak with your director.