Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO), an education program of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO), gives qualified middle and high school students the opportunity to work with BSO musicians and gain performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment. The BSYO comprise students who are invited, following an audition, to join one of three ensembles, the Prelude String Orchestra, the Prelude Wind Ensemble, and the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Spring auditions will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2013. E-mail to schedule.

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Young People’s Concert

Every spring, the winner of the BSO Maine High School Concerto Competition performs with the full Symphony Orchestra at the Young People’s Concert - dazzling the thousands of Maine students, teachers, chaperones and community members who attend. Don't miss this season's concert - Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:45 and 11:30 am, Collins Center for the Arts.

Concerts are open to public, private, and homeschooled children and chaperones; tickets are $3 each.

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Concerto Competition

Open to all Maine high school students, the competition offers each year's winners the chance of a lifetime - to perform with the full Bangor Symphony Orchestra for thousands of students and teachers at the Young People’s Concerts in May.

This year's Maine High School Concerto Competition is set for Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 2 p.m., Minsky Recital Hall, School of Performing Arts, University of Maine. Snow date TBD.

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Know Your Orchestra!

Watch the excitement as Bangor Symphony Orchestra musicians bring the joy of live music into classrooms throughout Maine. Know Your Orchestra! is just one way the Symphony helps teachers meet core curriculum goals and Maine Learning Results - and children expand their world with new experiences.

For information, or to schedule a visit to your school, please call Brian Hinrichs at 207.942.5555 or email

Instrument Petting Zoo

The BSO Instrument Petting Zoo travels to schools and BSO events around the state. Play the instruments the Bangor Symphony musicians play! Violin, clarinet,'s all there! This interactive program is a great opportunity to play and hear the different sounds from the wide variety of musical instruments. Have fun discovering your musical talents.