Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra began nearly 50 years ago to enhance the opportunities for young musicians through performance of symphonic music centered in Mankato, MN. MAYSO exists to advance the skills of youth in music. Over 50 years ago we started with one ensemble, the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. Since then we have expanded to five groups serving strings and winds/brass groups.

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is a regional symphony orchestra that plays high-level orchestra music. The Philharmonic (YP) is a mid-level orchestra and gives students the opportunity to play with just strings and brass & winds as well. This group is used to prepare students for YSO.  NorthStar Strings (NSS) is a starter-level orchestra and gives students the opportunity to apply note reading to an orchestra setting. This group is used to prepare students for YP. The Youth Wind Ensemble (MAYWE) program is designed to provide an additional offering for brass, winds, and percussion players ages 14 and up. 

After high school, our students go on to many different paths. Some go on to study music, the arts, science, education, and so on. They all look back on their time with the group as a special experience. You can catch up with MAYSO Alumni at http://maysoalumni.blogspot.com/ 


C&C Music Benefit

Join us for our upcoming Chocolate & Chamber Music Benefit

Join MAYSO for an evening of music featuring cheese, chocolate, delicious treats, and a special wine tasting. Featuring  wines from a variety of local wineries. This event can be best described as an "all-you-can-eat dessert buffet" featuring MAYSO's talented students and community groups.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to help support scholarships and other wonderful things happening at the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. Click here to purchase your tickets.