Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Last updated 9/27/23

The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is composed of over 100 talented young musicians performing challenging works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra is open to advanced high-school-age string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

MYSO Announcements

(9/27/23) Applications closed for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season

We are no longer accepting applications for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season. Check back in December 2023 for information on joining us for our 75th Annivesary Season in 2024-2025! 

Rehearsal Information

Time: Sundays, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

E. V. Moore Building
(U-M North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

Click the button below for a the finalized 2023-2024 Season Schedule for the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Assistant Professor of Conducting
Associate Director of Orchestras

Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra.  In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Among the wide-ranging progressive projects Ogren has conducted are Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; 30th anniversary performances of Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark with Orchestra 2001; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.


Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director

Director of orchestras and professor of conducting since 1995, Kenneth Kiesler is a GRAMMY nominee (2014), recipient of the American Prize in Conducting (2011), and Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where – as its music director from 1980 to 2000 – he led debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, founded the Illinois Symphony Chorus and Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and won several state and national awards. He was also the orchestra’s music advisor for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Kiesler has conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony, Queensland Symphony in Australia, the Chamber Orchestra of Chile, and the orchestras of Utah, Detroit, New Jersey, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, San Diego, Albany, Virginia, Omaha, Fresno, Long Beach, Long Island, Portland, Jerusalem, Haifa, Osaka, Puerto Rico, Daejeon and Pusan in Korea, the New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, Hang Zhou in China, OSUSP in Sao Paulo, The International Orchestra of the Arts in Mexico City, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Meadowbrook, Skaneateles, Sewanee, Breckenridge, and Aspen festivals.

Auditions | Eligibility

We are no longer acceptiong applications for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season. Check back in December 2023 for information on joining us for our 75th Anniversary Season in 2024-2025!

Audition / application requirements for our 2024-2025 Season will be posted in December. For sample requirements, please see below for our 2023-2024 audition / application requirements


  • Complete the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Ensembles Application via the button below.
  • Select your preferred audition date / time from the options listed on the application. Auditions for MYSO will be held IN-PERSON in the Earl V. Moore Music Buidling.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify based on financial need (contact Engagement & Outreach Staff for more information).
  • Prepare specific audition materials based on your instrument for an in-person audition (e.g. a scale, selected solo work of the student, pre-prepared excerpts selected by MYE faculty, and sight reading).

    Students interested in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra must be enrolled in grades 9 (nine) through 12 (twelve) for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra is also open to students of exceptional ability enrolled in grade 8 (eight) for the 2023-2024 academic year.

    Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra accepts students who perform the following instruments: Bass Clarinet, Bass Trombone, Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, Harp, Horn, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola and Violin

    For questions about applications, audition requirements, or the audition process, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

    Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

    Participant – $500.00
    Non-refundable application fee – $30

    A discounted tuition rate of $330.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

    • Monthly Expenses
    • Previous Year’s Tax Return
    • Statement of Need

    Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled rehearsal of the current concert season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

    Contact Us

    Email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu
    Phone at (734) 936-2660

    The Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails / phone lines at the following times:

    • Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST