Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

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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 2019-2020 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.




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Audition dates and times for the TSYO 2020-2021 season:

Monday, May 18
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Thursday, May 21
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Friday, May 22
4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Online audition sign up will be available on Monday April 20, 2020 by 3:00 PM. Specific audition requirements will be posted here on March 16.

Tuition Information

TSYO tuition is $265  for each member of the orchestra. Families with more than one member in the orchestra will pay only $235 for the 2nd member and $215 for any additional members. Tuition is due by the first rehearsal. You may choose to pay the full amount or pay in two installments; second payment is due by January 13, 2020.  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.

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TSL Remembrance Fund Scholarship

Announcing the Toledo Symphony League's 68th Annual Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Remembrance Scholarship Fund Auditions

All active TSYO students in good standing are invited to participate in the Toledo Symphony League’s TSYO Remembrance Scholarship Fund Awards. All scholarships are cash awards to be used to help further the student’s music study and may be applied to music lessons, music and instrument purchases, instrument repair, music camp, or TSYO tuition. Students are eligible to receive up to 4 awards during their TSYO tenure.

Audition days and times are as follows:

Saturday March 14

                Concert Strings                                                                  12:00 to 4:00 PM

                Symphonic Orchestra                                                     4:30 to 7:30 PM


Sunday, March 15

                Philharmonic Orchestra and ALL Percussion         12:00 to 4:00 PM

                Seniors                                                                                 4:30 to 7:30 PM

Signing Up for Your Audition

First, please familiarize yourself with the Audition Requirements, found here.

Signing up for the audition is a two-step process; both steps must be completed by midnight on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Step 1: Click the button below to select your audition time. Follow the prompts. Upon completion, you will receive an email confirming your registration. *Don’t forget to check your pianist’s availability before signing up! *


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Step 2: Complete the “Eligibility Survey”, found here. To complete the survey, you need the name and contact information of your collaborative pianist.

Finally, be prepared for your audition! Read “Audition Day” information, found here.

ANNOUNCING the 2020 Music Director Scholarship

Alain Trudel is pleased to announce this year’s “Music Director Scholarship”. A $250 prize will be awarded to a member of Concert Strings and to a member of Symphonic Orchestra; $500 will be awarded to a member of Philharmonic. This is open to all currently enrolled members of the TSYO, in good standing.

Recipients will be chosen based on written essay and playing ability.

To Apply:

Send one email to Joan Weiler ( with the following information:

  • A pdf “cover page” with your name, instrument, years of study, TSYO ensemble, grade, school, and musical selection of your recording (for a template, click here).
  • A pdf essay of 250 words or less which details what music has done for you, or its significance to your life.
  • A link to a performance of a polished piece (or excerpt) not exceeding 2 minutes in length. It does not have to be with accompaniment. Upload your performance to YouTube, or Google Drive. You will be critiqued based on your playing, not the quality of the recording. Using your mobile phone is perfectly acceptable!
  • The subject line of the email you send to Joan should use this format:

Last name. Ensemble. MDScholarship (ex. Weiler. Concert. MDScholarship)


All emails including essays, cover page, and playing sample must be received by midnight on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The winners will be presented with the awards at the Side by Side Concert on March 22, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Joan Weiler at

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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