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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The 120 members of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra range in age from 12 to 21, and are chosen through a highly selective audition process. They reside or attend school throughout New England and come together on Saturday afternoons for sectionals and full orchestra rehearsals at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, in Boston’s South End.

Now in its third season, the BPYO has already established itself as a significant feature in the cultural and educational fabric of Boston and beyond. The BPYO made its Carnegie Hall debut in December 2013. The New York Times review of that concert noted that the members of BPYO ‘play with a maturity and cohesion well beyond their years’, and described their performance of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony as ‘a brilliantly played, fervently felt account, enriched with silken strings, robust brass and eloquent solos’.

The inaugural 2012-13 season of the BPYO culminated in a five-city concert tour of the Netherlands, with a final performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In the course of the 12-day tour, the orchestra received two superlative five-star reviews in national papers, collaborated with an orchestra of 600 12-year-olds, and was featured in the International Koorbiënnale Haarlem.

The BPYO’s motto is ‘shaping future leaders through music’. Complementing their musical assignments, BPYO members receive weekly leadership assignments. The orchestra members carry on a dialogue with Benjamin Zander through ‘white sheets’, wherein they are invited to reflect on the leadership assignments, and offer feedback about the rehearsal process and their musical and life experiences. These conversations often lead to stimulating discussions on personal leadership and effective contribution.

BPYO members participate as musical mentors in the Crescendo! program of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, working with younger musicians in local schools and El Sistema-inspired programs. At the end of each of the first two seasons BPYO co-hosted the Annual El Sistema Greater Boston showcase, which featured a side-by-side performance with musicians from BPYO and the Conservatory Lab Charter School.


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