Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

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Health and Safety Update

The Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras continue to closely monitor the situation concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Due to the current environment of uncertainty, we have decided to delay the start of the TSYO 2020-2021 season until January. However, we are pleased to offer small ensembles classes for students that auditioned for TSYO, and even those students who did not audition. For more information about those classes, click here.

Students that intend to participate in TSYO should register by September 15. This will allow you access to TSO discounts. No tuition will be charged until December. Please see below for registration instructions.



Greetings and welcome,

We would like to take a moment and let you know about the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras. The TSYO traditionally draws the most talented young musicians from northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. The opportunity to perform with a group of musicians with similar dedication to musicianship and quality of performance would be a wonderful supplemental experience for them. Active recruiting for next season will begin soon, and we anticipate our structure will continue to allow us to build on the quality that has been established.

The Toledo Symphony continues to provide artistic and educational leadership for the TSYO. We are excited about this continued partnership and hope to be able to work with you in an effort to provide another musical and educational outlet for your students, in addition to the instruction you provide. We would like to ask for your continued help in encouraging students to build on the positive experiences they receive in your own program through membership in the Toledo Youth Orchestras.

For the 2020-2021 season we will be continuing to maintain three orchestral ensembles: The Philharmonic, Symphonic as full orchestras, and the Concert ensemble as a string orchestra. Through these three ensembles, we are able to continue accommodating the growing numbers of musicians interested in performing with the TSYO. The program represents a proven value for young musicians in the greater Toledo area, and members receive numerous benefits.

Student musicians in the youth orchestras will continue to be actively involved with performers from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. The student musicians will also continue to have the benefits of free tickets to many of the Toledo Symphony performances (with advance purchase privileges for families) and side-by-side performance opportunities. Most importantly the orchestra will continue to perform the highest quality literature from the orchestral repertoire.

We hope that you will consider encouraging more students to audition for the TSYO program. We feel it would be a valuable experience and they would enjoy working in an ensemble comprised of dedicated and talented students.

With warmest wishes,

TSYO Staff


As part of the core educational mission of the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras bring together over 200 of the most talented students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan in an atmosphere of musical excellence. Dedicated staff members and musicians work hard to give a top-quality musical education to all students regardless of financial circumstance. The Toledo Youth Orchestras have been in existence for over 70 years, starting out as a small group of friends meeting for fun, the organization grew into what we know today. 

Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Staff



Registration will take place through Jackrabbit, the online platform for the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts Education Department. All students who intend to participate in TSYO need to register by September 15, even though rehearsals do not begin until January. This will allow accurate communication and the ability to receive your TSO discounts.

How to Register:

  • Select the appropriate button below: Concert Strings, Symphonic, or Philharmonic
  • You will be redirected to Jackrabbit, our registration platform.
  • Click “Register” next to your instrument.
  • You will be prompted to log in to the Parent Portal of Jackrabbit. If this is your first time, you will need to set up an account. Please make sure the correct email address is listed for everyone who should receive TSYO correspondences (all parents and students). *Note: there is NO program fee for TSYO students.
  • Payment information is required to enroll in classes. All registrations are considered pending. Once approved, applicable financial assistance will be applied. TSYO tuition will NOT be charged until December.


Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be held in May, 2021. Please check back for more information.

If you are interested in joining the TSYO in January 2021, please contact Joan Weiler at

Tuition Information

Due to the shortened season, TSYO tuition is $150 for each member of the orchestra. Families with more than one member in the orchestra will pay $130 for the 2nd member and $120 for any additional members. Tuition is due by the first rehearsal. Financial assistance is available (see form below). Assistance requests need to be received prior to the first rehearsal each school year. All inquiries about tuition assistance or tuition related issues are held in strict confidence. Please contact Joan Weiler, TSYO Coordinator, at 419-418-0037 or if you have additional questions.

For financial assistance, click here

PDF Handbook 



TSYO rehearsals will begin in January. Please check back later for updated schedule.

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Toledo Symphony Youth Ensemble

Student Leadership

The Toledo Symphony Youth Ensemble is a high school chamber ensemble made of Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra members. It was founded in Toledo, Ohio in the summer of 2017 by a group of friends as TSYQ (Toledo Symphony Youth Quartet). TSYE is run by students under the mentorship of the Toledo Symphony and parent volunteers. The students make decisions on members, repertoire, coaches, and venues.

Young Ambassadors for the TSO

TSYE is committed to reaching out to the youths and adults in the Toledo area in non-traditional ways. The members aim to explore and excel in various types of music and communicate with diverse audiences. In addition to committing to a high level of musicianship, the students are committed to being ambassadors for the TSO. Find them performing and volunteering in the parks, at the malls, and other unexpected places as well as in the concert halls! 

Volunteer with the TSYE!

TSYE regularly performs and volunteers at various venues in the Toledo area such as nursing homes and TSO pre-concert events. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please email Loa Cho, cellist, at

Click here for an up-to-date list of events and more information about TSYE.

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