Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras


9/4/2020 – We are thrilled to share our new plans for Fall 2020, with the hope of returning to regular rehearsals in January. The BSYO will be offering three different sessions to choose from this October and November: Chamber Music (in person, strings only), Winds and Brass Sessions (online), and Beginning Composing and Conducting with Maestro Lucas Richman (online).  Apply at the link by September 25th, and explore course descriptions and COVID-19 information below.

Program Features

The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO), an education program of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO), gives qualified students ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to gain performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment. For information, please call the BSYO at 207.942.5555 or email

  • Instruction with BSO musicians, conductors and guest artists
  • Winter and spring performance opportunities
  • Side-by-side opportunities with BSO musicians
  • Peer exchange with other talented young musicians
  • Complimentary tickets to BSO concerts


The Pre-Orchestra Program offers beginning string players their first taste of ensemble playing. As an introductory group, students will learn the importance of following a conductor, listening, and playing together. Pre-Orchestra meets every other week for 45 minutes. No audition required.

The Prelude String Orchestra (Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor) provides a solid foundation for intermediate string players seeking to gain experience in an ensemble setting. Students should possess a basic level of musicianship and will develop the skills necessary to play in a full orchestra. The Prelude String Orchestra will rehearse and perform its own repertoire, and will combine with the Prelude Wind Ensemble on occasion.

The Wind Ensemble (Becky Mallory, conductor) provides a solid foundation for woodwind, brass and percussion players seeking to gain ensemble experience.The Wind Ensemble consists of the Chamber Winds, who play with the Prelude String Orchestra, as well as the wind players of the Philharmonic Orchestra. The combined players form the Wind Ensemble and perform upper level music as a stand alone group.

The Philharmonic Orchestra (Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor) is an advanced ensemble. Players should have a strong command of their instrument, possess an advanced level of musicianship and have a solid foundation of ensemble experience.