About Us

Welcome to MYSO! The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is the educational arm of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. We celebrate our 72nd season in 2020. 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 72 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.


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.


Inspiring Musical Excellence,

Building Confidence, and

Changing Lives.

Contact Us

Tel: 601-376-9760

Email: mysoms@yahoo.com​

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The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra


MYSO is an educational program of The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra




P.O. Box 2052

Jackson, MS 39225