Youth Orchestras

A partnership between Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music and the Nashville Symphony, the Curb Youth Symphony consists 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 orchestra will have the opportunity to work with both Nashville Symphony members and Blair School of Music faculty members in sectional 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. The Curb Youth Symphony is endowed by the Mike Curb Family Foundation.

Please visit the Curb Youth Symphony website for more information.

The Nashville Symphony is also committed to providing resources, instruction and performing opportunities for youth orchestras throughout the mid-state region. We have partnered extensively with the Tennessee Youth Symphony 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 Series concerts when available


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