About Us

Welcome to MYSO! The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is the educational arm of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. We celebrate our 73rd season in 2021. 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.

History

MYSO has operated as an organization supporting young musicians for 73 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, the parents’ governing board, volunteers, and young musicians.

Mission

Our mission is to provide the youth of Mississippi with orchestral experience under the guidance of professional musicians in a stimulating atmosphere of mutual learning and respectful cooperation and to reach out to the people of Mississippi with orchestral performances.

Motto

Inspiring Musical Excellence,

Building Confidence, and

Changing Lives.