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We Are...

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We're hard-working students and proud parents. We're first-rate conductors and coaches. We're 65 years of outstanding music education, concerts and community performances, friendships, and lasting memories. 

We are the Norwalk Youth Symphony.

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Weekly rehearsals are held on Sundays at Norwalk City Hall during our season, which runs from September until early May. Occasionally, weeknight rehearsals are added to the calendar to make up for holidays. Three Sunday concerts are held at City Hall each season, usually in November, February, and May.


Additional performance opportunities include the Tanglewood concert (Concert and Principal) the Carnegie Hall concert (Principal), the Europe trip (Concert and Principal), the annual concert with InTempo (Concert) and more.


Find out more about additional enrichment opportunities, like sectional coaching, our concerto competition, and masterclasses.



We have five leveled orchestras, a brass ensemble, chamber groups, and classes for students in 4th-12th grade.

Prelude Orchestra​  

Philharmonia Orchestral Strings

Philharmonia Orchestral Winds

Concert Orchestra

Principal Orchestra

Brass Ensemble

Chamber Groups (Trios, Quartets, Quintets)

Music Theory and Aural Skills class

Music Appreciation class

People, Places, and Passion. An inside look at NYS.

mission statement

The purpose of the Norwalk Youth Symphony is to enrich the lives of young people within a musical community.  We provide the finest possible training, practice and performance opportunities, enabling our students to learn, share and enjoy the power of music.

In partnership with parents, teachers and schools we:

  • provide exposure to diverse orchestral styles under the guidance of musical professionals;

  • identify and educate motivated students regardless of financial circumstance;

  • foster a sense of achievement and self-esteem through a developmental approach; and

  • promote self-discipline and teamwork through respect for artistic standards.


The Norwalk Youth Symphony has always been characterized by gifted musicians, dedicated conductors, challenging music and exciting and exacting performances. Founded in 1956, NYS serves nearly 260 musicians from more than 30 area towns each year. What started out as one small orchestra of 55 members has grown to include 2 full symphonic orchestras, 2 string orchestras, one wind ensemble, and supplemental programs including chamber groups and a brass ensemble. 

Many of our graduates go on to study professionally at music conservatories and colleges such as Juilliard, Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Hartt College of Music and the New England Conservatory. Graduates have also played in college orchestras at Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Wellesley, Ithaca, Brown, Princeton, University of California at Berkeley, Williams, MIT, Hamilton, Boston College, Columbia and others. One alumnus is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Whether or not students continue their music studies after they go on to college, all NYS members gain an invaluable discipline and musical experience that instills a lifelong appreciation of music and the arts.​


At Norwalk Youth Symphony (NYS), our mission is to inspire and enrich the lives of young people through music.  In achieving this mission and administering its music and educational programs, admissions, musician placements and scholarships, NYS does not discriminate, and denounces all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of color, race, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetics, physical characteristics, economic or social status, or any other characteristic protected by law and regulations.  

NYS is committed to ensuring that our musicians are able to grow and learn in a diverse environment that is safe, inclusive and free of bullying and retaliation.  We recognize that every individual has a unique experience and perspective, and our musicians should feel welcomed and encouraged to be themselves when playing music and interacting with others within the NYS organization.  


We invite open and ongoing conversation with our musicians, parents, conductors and staff to continually improve our efforts to be a dependable ally against any form of discrimination.  Should a musician, parent, staff member, or conductor suspect or believe that discrimination, bullying, or harassment is occurring, a report should be made immediately to the NYS Executive Director. Reported concerns will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and impartially, and confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigatory process.

NYS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization investing in the future of young musicians.

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