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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: For over thirty years, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony has provided unique opportunities to young musicians in the Valley.

Target demographics: Educate young instrumental musicians through the 9th grade in the art of symphonic performance through the use of the world's finest music to develop character, discipline, leadership, cultural awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence; thus, enabling MYS to contribute to the Valley of the Sun’s rich cultural heritage and create a higher level of appreciation for the performing arts.

Geographic areas served: Across Arizona

Programs: MYS provides musical training for serious young musicians with a variety of performances and programs. MYS is one of the oldest valley youth music programs. •Setting high standards in repertoire and performance level •Educating talented and committed students in a professional style orchestra •Amazing audiences with high caliber performances •Giving proven young musicians the opportunity to advance to the next level with conductor recommendations Founded in 1982, Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) is one of the valley’s finest youth orchestra education programs. MYS is dedicated to professional orchestral training for students. Students come from all over the Phoenix Metropolitan area and from a wide variety of economic and cultural backgrounds to play in MYS orchestras. While many of our students hail from the Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler suburbs, some are from as far away as Peoria, Paradise Valley, Apache Junction, and San Tan Valley. Every week these students spend Thursdays studying and playing fantastic music with some of the finest conductors and music educators in Arizona. In addition to our fine orchestral program, we offer a fiddlers program for our Division I and II members. The MYS Fiddlers perform at public and private functions throughout the valley and at our final MYS concert in the Mesa Arts Center.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MYS is an extraordinary orchestral group organisation where the child comes first. MYS has always been financially solvent, has been supportive of members needing scholarship support, and hires outstanding directors to work with children

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MYS is a wonderful organization and a great community partner in shaping our youth in a positive way. They are always well organized, purposeful, and knowledgeable in their rehearsal, performance, and other events. As a music educator I have always appreciated knowing I can refer my students to them and guarantee they will thrive in the MYS environment. Now as a parent if a student in MYS I feel the same way in addition to a sense of pride in that my own family is involved in such an amazing program. I love that there is a place for all student musicians wanting to enhance their musical experience, and I will continue to support this viable and worthwhile program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was part of this organization for 5 years, first as a string player, then as a wind player in the upper orchestra. I could not believe the level of playing coming from these young people. He learned commitment, how to rise to a challenge, team playing, not to mention all the valuable, beautiful music he was exposed to. He also made many great friends. The conductors are experienced professionals who love the kids and bring out the best in them. Their concerts are given at the Mesa Arts Center, an amazing opportunity for the kids to experience a professional venue and give their performance the respect it deserves. I have two more auditioning in the fall - I can't wait to see where this organization is going to take them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in MYS as a student for two years in the mid-1980s, so that must have been near the beginning. I am so thrilled that the organization has flourished and expanded since then! MYS was my first full orchestra experience as a young violinist and it cemented forever my love of orchestral music and the orchestral experience as a musician. Decades later, I have distinct memories of the staff and conductors (including Mr. R) being supportive and encouraging in very real, practical ways and giving their students the experience of rehearsing and playing together in a variety of environments. In high school, I went on to play with the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra, and I credit MYS with preparing me to do so.

And the summer camps in San Diego - I still remember how amazing that was!

Thank you, MYS, for being such a positive part of my youth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in MYS when I was a kid, and now I'm an orchestra teacher recommending kids to MYS. During my time in MYS I attended music camp, made great friends, learned about priorities (I had to skip trick or treating in order to make rehearsal one year...tough choice for a kid!) and learned about hard work and dedication. I also of course got to play some amazing music with outstanding musicians and conductors. I was recently asked to identify the when I really fell in love with music, and it hit me that MYS fueled my passion for music more than anything else. MYS is dedicated to kids and works to ensure that EVERY child who wants to participate can. The passion for kids and music is obvious, and the tireless work they do to ensure that kids are getting everything they need is impressive. I am so happy that I now have my own students experiencing the awesomeness of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A highlight of my childhood, MYS was worth every minute. I gained a ton of experience as a cellist while making lifelong memories and friends. I often wish I could participate in one more rehearsal, one more summer camp, just one more performance. I am so grateful to have known about and participated in this symphony for as many years as possible. Any young musician would benefit greatly by joining MYS.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 2 boys were both members of MYS. Best thing they have been involved in to date! Thank you Mr Wayne Roederer for founding such an incredible organization. The music that these kids make is amazing! What they take away from there time in MYS is priceless.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

When started 34 years ago, MYS was hoping to have a couple of little orchestras. The turnout was so large that we actually started with three orchestras, one full orchestra and two string orchestras. In order to serve as many young people as possible, the third orchestra consisted of VERY beginning students. If you could play a one octave scale up, YOUR IN!! Sight reading? Many students were Suzuki students who were not yet reading notes but played well. It was quite a mix of excited young musicians.

Now there are five orchestras, a wind ensemble, a fiddling group and a string quartet program. In addition there are eight recital programs, a scholarship competition, an instrument loan program, private lesson assistance for those in need as well as tuition assistance.

Having been involved since the beginning and seeing the growth of the program I can only marvel at the excellence of the people working with the students. The conductors, office staff and volunteers are simply amazing and some of the most dedicated people I have ever seen. If you have a child who loves music, you must look into MYS. It will change your life as it did mine.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All four of my children have been involved in Metropolitan Youth Symphony. My youngest son is still involved. I would say the thing that Metropolitan did for all of them was open their eyes to possibilities. They were all tops in their school orchestras, but finding out there were others who were "the best", gave them a reason to practice and strive to be better. My oldest son is now playing professionally and teaching orchestra, MYS provided a strong foundation for him. The educators who run MYS provide an amazing professional experience for the children and their parents. And performing in the IKEADA Theater - well that is just the icing on the cake.