Youth Orchestras

Akron Youth Symphony

The Akron Youth Symphony (AYS) is one of the oldest youth orchestras in Ohio and is the flagship ensemble of the Akron Youth Orchestra program.

Akron Youth Philharmonic

Akron Youth Philharmonic is dedicated to building the technical and musical skills of young musicians and to provide the opportunity to perform in a full orchestra with peers.

Upcoming Akron Youth Orchestra Concerts

The Akron Youth Orchestras will present four concerts during the upcoming season.

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March 2019

AYO Side-by-Side Concert

March 10 at 3:00 pm
Medina Performing Arts Center 851 Weymouth Rd
Medina,OH44256United States
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Free – $35.00

The Akron Youth Orchestras will present their Side-by-Side Concert at the Medina Performing Arts Center.

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May 2019

AYS Spring Concert

May 5 at 3:00 pm
Tallmadge High School 140 N Munroe Rd
Tallmadge,OH44278United States
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Free – $35.00

The Akron Youth Symphony and Music Director Eric Benjamin will present their Spring Concert on May 5 at 3 p.m. at the Tallmadge High School Auditorium.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Our thanks to the many generous individuals, companies and foundations whose gifts and support enable the Akron Youth Symphony and Akron Youth Philharmonic to provide opportunities for our students to experience educational and musical excellence.

Sustaining Sponsor

Eric Benjamin and Melanie Baird
Mark and Theresa Lerner
Stewart-Bates Family

Vivace Sponsor

William and Era Fedak
Chris and Stephanie John

Allegro Sponsor

JeongHoon Choi and Bella Jung
James E. and Carolyn A. Mackey
Joan Marsh
Charles Michael Walsh

Andante Sponsor

Maher Atwah
Patrick Gallagher
Ken and Ann Jonas
Jennifer and John Matheos
John and Paige Nicholas
Matthew and Brenda Oatley
Chuck and Pam Reitz
Qiang Song
Paul Stager and Laura Uhl
Michael and Heather Williams
Howard Zhang and Yijing Chen

Adagio Sponsor

Joseph and Kathleen Blubaugh
Grace Cumberlidge
Ingrid Palmiero-Massell

Sponsorships carry a variety of benefits and are available at the following levels:

Sustaining Sponsor $1,000+

  • Recognition at the concert
  • Recognition on all event signage and program page in My Symphony
  • Recognition on all press and promotions
  • Plus all of the benefits listed below

Vivace $500 – $999

  • Invitation to Akron Symphony Orchestra year-end concert plus donor reception
  • Plus all of the benefits listed below

Allegro $250 – $499

  • Blue Chair sponsorship of an AYS/AYP musician
  • Plus all of the benefits listed below

Andante $100 – $249

  • Two season subscriptions to Akron Youth Symphony/Akron Youth Philharmonic
  • Plus all of the benefits listed below

Adagio $25 – $99

  • Listing on Akron Symphony website and in My Symphony
  • Complimentary Akron Youth Orchestras yard sign

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Executive Director Paul Jarrett at 330.535.8131.

Akron Youth Symphony Alumni Association

The Akron Youth Symphony Alumni Association is a new program designed to keep current and former AYS members connected during and after the concert experience. In coming years, we hope to create an AYS Alumni Board to help create activities tied to Akron Symphony events and programs.

Stay Connected

If you’d like to learn more and stay connected, please contact us at 330-535-8131 or send us an email.

Benefits to joining the AYS Alumni Association

  • Get news and updates about the Akron Youth Symphony and alumni opportunities
  • Invitations to AYS and Akron Symphony Orchestra concerts (get 1 free ticket just for joining now!)
  • Invitations to an AYS alumni pre-concert reception
  • Chance to participate in an AYS alumni concert
  • Opportunity to assist and mentor current AYS members
  • No cost to join

Tell Us Your Story

What are your memories of playing with AYS? What impact did it have on you? Do you still play an instrument? Where has life taken you? Send us your story.

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