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Green Box Arts Festival: Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Concert

Jul 8, 2017

Founded in 1980 with the purpose of providing artistic and educational development of musically talented and dedicated junior high youth within Colorado Springs’ School District 11, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA) began with 70 young musicians and gave a single performance the first season.

Approximately 350 young musicians are accepted by audition every year to take part in one of these groups. The Mozart String Project, which focuses on beginning string instruction, enrolls an additional 140 students at sites in Northeast and Northcentral Colorado Springs.

Today, students from over sixty schools from the Pikes Peak region including Pueblo, Limon, Castle Rock, Peyton, and Canon City participate in CSYSA programs.

The Association presents over 60 performances each year regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The educational program features music camps, performing tours, leadership classes, a solo competition, exposure to all forms of orchestral literature, chamber music ensembles, and community collaborations.