Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras

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The Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and updating plans in consultation with local, state, national, and world agencies, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Though there are currently no known COVID-19 cases in Toledo, we hope that by being proactive we will help minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

The safety of our students, teachers, volunteers, staff and musicians is of highest priority. Due to government recommendations and district policies, we are suspending TSYO rehearsals until further notice. Acting in the best interest of the community has also led us to the conclusion to postpone the TSYO/TSO Side by Side rehearsals and concert.  The Toledo Symphony League's Remembrance Fund auditions scheduled for March 14 & 15 have been cancelled.

Given the quick pace of new information regarding COVID-19, we will continue to monitor for updates and share news on our website, social media pages, as well as by email and phone.



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. 

Philharmonic Orchestra


Up to 3 flats and 4 sharps
3 Octaves - Violin, Viola, Cello
2 Octaves - Bass
Woodwinds, brass and percussion – play scales in 3 octaves if possible, 2 octaves otherwise
All scales should be played in quarter notes at quarter = 60


Chosen by student. Should demonstrate current level of playing. No more than 4 minutes from any section of the piece.

Other requirements

There will be a required etude and orchestral excerpt.  Please check back here for updates.

Symphonic Orchestra


Up to 3 flats and 4 sharps
2 Octaves
All scales should be played in quarter notes at quarter = 60


Chosen by student. Should demonstrate current level of playing. No more than 4 minutes from any section of the piece.

Other requirements

There will be a required etude and orchestral excerpt.  Please check back here for updates.

Concert Strings

Solo only, no other requirements

Chosen by student. Should demonstrate current level of playing. 16 measures - no more than 3 minutes of music.

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

Audition sign-up has closed. You may still access the eligibility survey if you need to complete the process. Audition Requirements are found here. 

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

“Audition Day” information is 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.

The application deadline has passed. The winners will be announced at the Side by Side concert on March 22, 2020.

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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