The Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) has been training tomorrow’s leaders since 1972. PYSO is considered among the finest youth orchestras in the country and is the centerpiece of the Pasadena Symphony Association’s education program.

The PYSO serves students from 29 cities throughout Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley, 17 school districts and 84 schools in both weekly afterschool ensemble rehearsals and supplemental in-class instruction within the Pasadena Unified School District.

Since its inception, the PYSO has toured internationally on many occasions to perform in some of the world’s greatest concert halls.

PYSO fosters dedication, excellence, fellowship, and passion in the development of those who are not only outstanding young musicians, but also outstanding young individuals. Our ensembles include All City Orchestra, Prelude Strings, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphony, Sinfonia, and Philharmonic. For more information on these ensembles, including rehearsal times, please visit our Ensembles pages.

For more detailed information about ensembles click here.

For information regarding PYSO, please contact our Director of Education and Community Engagement, Alex Chu, at [email protected].


California Arts Commission
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Youssef & Kamel Mawardi Fund
Rose Hills Foundation

Special Individual Underwriting
support provided by:
Jack & Barbara Dawson
Janice Lee-McMahon & Brian McMahon