Education & Community

Youth Orchestra

The Curb Youth Symphony is composed of Middle Tennessee’s most talented and accomplished young musicians. CYS is open to students in 8th through 12th grades by audition. Members of this young orchestra will have the opportunity to work with both Nashville Symphony members and Blair School of Music faculty members in section rehearsals and master classes, and to participate in special joint programs with the Nashville Symphony, including the annual Side-by-Side Concert. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. The Curb Youth Symphony is endowed by the Mike Curb Family Foundation and is sponsored jointly by the Nashville Symphony and the Blair School of Music.

Please visit the Curb Youth Symphony website for more information.

In addition, the Nashville Symphony is committed to providing resources, instruction and performing opportunities for youth orchestras. We have partnered extensively with with the Williamson County Youth Orchestra, and the Music City Youth Orchestra. Some of the resources we have provided include:

  • Sectionals, master classes and workshops by symphony musicians and guest artists (when available).
  • Rehearsals and discussion with Nashville Symphony conducting staff
  • ​Board governance advising
  • Performance opportunities at community events
  • Free tickets to classical concerts when available

To learn more, or to request support, please contact our Education and Community Engagement department, via e-mail or by calling 615-687-6398