Our Mission

The mission of Houston Youth Symphony (HYS) is to recruit, educate, develop and nurture young musicians and provide them the opportunity to train under professional musicians and perform in professionally conducted concerts.

Founded in 1946, Houston Youth Symphony today reaches almost 500 musicians in its four orchestras, a chamber music program for its most advanced players and after-school private and group lesson programs for talented youth in select economically disadvantaged communities. These programs and services are made possible by support from generous benefactors including foundations, public agencies, corporations and individuals.