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About Us

Welcome to MYSO! The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is the educational arm of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. We celebrated our 75th season in 2023. We are made up of talented, young musicians from across the state of Mississippi.  Most of our musicians come from the tri-county area of Jackson including Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties and attend public, private and home schools.  MYSO is open to all youth musicians through their senior year of high school.


MYSO has operated as an organization supporting young musicians for 75 years. Theodore Caskey Russell was the youth orchestra’s founder and the first conductor in 1948. Since then, the youth orchestra has been under the direction of many dedicated, professional, and talented musicians. The youth orchestra has continued to thrive through the unyielding efforts of the conductors, parents, volunteers, and young musicians.

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