Oregon Symphony


Concert Information


Metropolitan Youth Symphony


Symphony Orchestra joined by Interlude Orchestra, Nita van Pelt, Conductor

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Klaus Badelt, arranged Ted Ricketts

Symphony Orchestra, Raul Gómez, Music Director and Conductor

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Cappricio Espagnol
AARON COPLAND: Variations on a Shaker Melody
(Adapted from Appalachian Spring)

Metropolitan Youth Symphony was founded in 1974 by Lajos Balogh, in the belief that music education should be accessible to all children. For 43 years the organization has offered music education programs to K-12 children throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area and SW Washington, regardless of economic background or musical proficiency. Over 500 students from 10 counties participate in the organization’s 13 orchestra, band, jazz, and string ensembles.  Last season MYS students shared their music with more than 12,000 residents, performing three concerts at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, eight concerts in community venues throughout the metropolitan area, and 18 school concerts, all at schools with a combined average Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 70%.

During the school year, musicians rehearse on Saturdays at Roseway Heights School in northeast Portland.  Students benefit from sectional coaching where they work in small groups with professional musicians, many of whom are from the Oregon Symphony, and a mid-winter chamber music program in collaboration with Portland State University.  MYS is dedicated to honoring the whole child, and Saturday rehearsals allow musicians to focus on academic and other extra-curricular activities during the school week.  Last season marked the third year of our tuition-free Beginning Strings program for students who qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. In addition, MYS now manages Portland Summer Ensembles, a week-long summer chamber music camp, in partnership with Jun Iwasaki, Concert Master with the Nashville Symphony and former OSO Concert Master, musicians from the Oregon Symphony, and professional pianists.
Most recently, members of the MYS Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band came together for a successful and impactful June concert tour in China.  MYS performed at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, in Tianjin, Qinhuangdao-Beidaihe, and on the Great Wall! MYS musicians truly became global citizens.

In April of 2016, MYS appointed Music Director Raúl Gómez-Rojas, following the successful season of Interim Music Director William White. Mr. Gómez received his MM in Violin Performance and DMA in Conducting from Louisiana State University. In addition to conducting throughout the US, Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica, he is the founding Artistic Director of Kids’ Orchestra, a year-round program that fosters social change for youth in Baton Rouge. Mr. Gómez begins what promises to be an inspiring tenure with MYS in August, 2016.

At MYS we care deeply about young people and are committed to helping them grow into well-balanced and confident young adults and leaders. Our conviction is that playing and performing music is one of the most impactful, in many cases, life-changing activities that young people can engage in.  Please see our website at www.playmys.org for information on how to enroll. 
Please join us at our Symphony Orchestra concerts this season!

Raul Gómez, Music Director and Conductor
November 13, 2106, 7:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
Leonard Bernstein, Candide Overture

March 5, 2017, 7:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Gustav Holst, The Planets

June 4, 2017, 7:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Hector Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
Concerto Competition Winner