About AYSO

The American Youth Symphony Orchestra (AYSO), located in Chicago, IL is a youth orchestra program housed at American Music Institute in Clarendon Hills, 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.

American Youth Symphony Orchestra (AYSO), located in Chicago, IL where young musicians come together to ignite their passion for music, cultivate their talents, and embark on a journey of artistic growth and excellence. Founded on a commitment to musical education and mentorship, our organization strives to achieve the highest music education and instill leadership skills in young artists for the future of America.

AYSO Mission

At the American Youth Symphony Orchestra, our mission is to provide exceptional orchestral experiences that empower young musicians to reach their full potential. Through immersive rehearsals, performances, educational programs, and mentorship opportunities, we aim to foster artistic excellence, leadership skills, and a lifelong love of music in our participants. We believe in the transformative power of music to enrich lives, inspire creativity, and build community, and we are committed to nurturing the next generation of musical leaders.

AYSO History

Since our founding in 2021 year, the American Youth Symphony Orchestra has been a cornerstone of musical education and performance in the United States. Over the years, we have grown from a small ensemble to a nationally recognized organization, attracting talented young musicians from across the country. Our orchestra has performed in prestigious venues, collaborated with renowned artists, and received accolades for our commitment to artistic excellence and innovation in music education.

AYSO Programs

We offer a range of programs and opportunities designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of young musicians at every stage of their musical journey. From our flagship Youth Orchestra and Chamber Music Program, Clinics & Masterclasses, Concerto Competition, Merit & Financial Aid Scholarships, and other educational outreach initiatives, we provide a comprehensive musical education that inspires creativity, fosters collaboration, and prepares young musicians for success in music and beyond.

AYSO Impact

The impact of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra extends far beyond the concert hall. Through our programs and initiatives, we empower young musicians to develop important life skills such as discipline, teamwork, perseverance, and self-expression. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment where young musicians can grow as artists and individuals, building confidence and forging lifelong friendships along the way.


Whether you’re a young musician looking to take your skills to the next level or a music lover seeking to support the next generation of musical talent, we invite you to join us on this journey. Explore our website to learn more about our programs, upcoming events, auditions, and ways to get involved. Together, we can continue to elevate young musicians and inspire audiences with the power of music.

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