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/ 



Join us for our Summer Music Offerings starting in April...

Summer "Pops" Orchestra - April 15 to June 24
This year's theme is Video Game Music. All students at any level/age are welcome to join this group (parent musicians are welcome to join as well). We offer a full symphony orchestra and then break-out groups of brass/winds AND strings. Cost for this is $25 per student and comes with a t-shirt. Click here to learn more and sign-up. 

Summer Jazz - June 3 - July 29
New to the MAYSO family this year is Summer Jazz. We have two offerings under this option. First, is MAYJAZZ All which is for any musician (including strings) in grades 6-8. This groups is an an opportunity to learn to play jazz. MAYJAZZ is for our high schoolers (grades 9-12) who play more traditional Jazz instruments. Both groups will offer 30 minutes of improvisation practice and instruction. Cost for this is $25 per student and comes with a t-shirt. Click here to learn more and sign-up.