Mankato Area Youth Symphony Ensembles began nearly 50 years ago to enhance the opportunities for young musicians through performance of symphonic music centered in Mankato, MN. MAYE exists to advance the skills of youth in music. Over 50 years ago we started with one ensemble, the Mankato Area Youth Ensemble. Since then we have expanded to four 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/ 

Auditions for Orchestra and Winds

Auditions for our groups are now taking place. Click here to sign-up for an audition






WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY THE OBOE or BASSOON? WE HAVE A SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOU!
New this year, we are offering the use of an oboe to a student who may be interested in learning to play. Free lessons for 16 weeks are included. For more information, contact Carolyn Borgen at info@mayso.net or 612-251-8492.