Young Artists Orchestra

July 2-August 12, 2017

Ages 14–19*

*The Young Artists Orchestra is open to high school students who have not yet begun full-time college or conservatory study.

The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) has earned the reputation as one of the preeminent summer youth orchestra training programs in the nation. Under the guidance of professional conductors, artist teachers, and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) members, students experience high-quality training through intensive study and performance of orchestral and chamber music, private lessons, and master classes.

  • Daily orchestral rehearsals with three concert performances at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall
  • Performance at Tanglewood On Parade at the Koussevitzky Music Shed
  • Three private lessons with BUTI faculty, with additional lesson opportunities with BSO members and guests
  • Chamber music rehearsals and coachings three times a week and end-of-season performances
  • Master classes with some of the world’s most esteemed music professionals (past visits and classes include Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pinchas Zuckerman, Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Hope, Lynn Harrell, and Daniel Muller-Schott as well as countless BSO members and guest artists)
  • Access to all Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center concerts, as many as 15 events a week
  • 6 hours of transferable Boston University course credit


All faculty are subject to change.

2016 Season

July 16, 2016 | Seiji Ozawa Hall | Lawrence Loh, conductor
  • Wagner, Overture to Die Meistersinger
  • Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn
  • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5
July 30, 2016 | Seiji Ozawa Hall | Paul Haas, conductor
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 6
August 13, 2016 | Seiji Ozawa Hall | Ken-David Masur, conductor
  • Brahms, Symphony No. 3
  • Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Simone Dinnerstein (BUTI ’86, ’87), piano
  • Enescu, Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Full concert season to be released at a later date.

Past Seasons

2015 Season
  • Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
  • Beethoven, Egmont Overture
  • Bernstein, Candide Overture
  • Bernstein Chichester Psalms (with the BUTI Young Artists Chorus)  |  Listen
  • Copland, Appalachian Spring 
  • Elgar, Enigma Variations
  • Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5
  • Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
2014 Season
  • Adès, “Dances” from Powder Her Face
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
  • Dvořák, Carnival Overture
  • Haas, Father
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 5  |  Listen
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Scherherazade
  • Sibelius, Pohjola’s Daughter
  • Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel  |  Listen
2013 Season
  • Britten, Sinfonia da Requiem
  • Cowel, Ancient Desert Drone
  • Copland, Suite from Billy the Kid
  • Dvořák, Symphony No. 8
  • Mozart, Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626 (with the BUTI Young Artists Chorus)
  • Respighi, Fontane di Roma  |  Listen
  • Schnittke, (K)ein Sommernachtstraum
  • Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps  |  Listen
2012 Season
  • Chavez, Sinfonia India
  • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
  • Beethoven, Mass in C major (with the BUTI Young Artists Chorus)  |  Listen
  • Bernstein, Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”
  • Mahler, Symphony No. 6 “Tragic”

All repertoire is subject to change.

The total cost of attending BUTI is based on the total number of weeks in attendance (even if attending more than one program). For more detailed information, click here.

Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and program need. Any student applying for scholarship must complete the scholarship section of the admissions application, even if only applying for a merit-based award (the scholarship application is found within the digital admissions application). Those applying for need-based awards must also provide the family or individual’s summary page(s) from their most recently completed tax return (or form with equivalent financial information) from either 2014 or 2015. Students will be notified of any potential scholarship assistance with their admission decision.

Student that are dismissed from the Institute will forfeit their award and receive an invoice for the total cost of attendance.

Application available in November, 2016

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