Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Celebrating the 29th Anniversary Season

Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra, now celebrating its 29th Concert Season, is comprised of approximately 50 students from all over Central Texas. Acceptance is by audition and all area music students are encouraged to audition. Area music students must participate in their school band or orchestra program in order to play in the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra. The WSYO is open to middle school and high school players, although talented young players are welcome to audition as well.

The mission of the WSYO is to provide a venue for Central Texas student musicians to form a quality orchestra, in order to study, rehearse, perform and appreciate orchestral music under professional guidance.

The WSYO is conducted by Dr. Beau Benson, Director of Orchestras at Midway High School and Music Director and Conductor, Oregon East Symphony and Chorale.

The orchestra performs two concerts a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

The WSYO holds a Concerto Competition each spring for the following year. The winner receives a full WSYO tuition scholarship for the following year, as well as a solo performance in the next Spring Concert.

For additional information about the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra, contact Kristen Jones, WSYO Administrator, at 254-640-5790 or kristen.jones794@gmail.com.

Upcoming Concerts:


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Jones Hall, McCrary Music Building, Baylor University
Free Admission


Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Cameron Park Zoo


Saturday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.
Midway Middle School Performing Arts Center


WSYO auditions and concerto competition for 2019-2020 will be held on Sunday, September 1 in the Midway High School Orchestra Room. Midway HS is located at 8200 Mars Drive, Waco, TX 76712.

(From Hewitt Drive, turn onto Mars Drive, and turn right onto Old Mars. Take the first left and drive towards the school building, but make an immediate right into the small parking lot. The orchestra room is located just inside the double doors.)

Returning members of the string section need not audition. Simply fill out the registration form in the links below, and pay your tuition.

All woodwind, brass, and percussion students as well as students wishing to join WSYO for the first time must complete the registration form and sign up for an audition time via the links below.

Students should be prepared to play 2 scales of their choosing as well as a solo that shows their current level of technical and musical proficiency.

Concerto Competition

Students wishing to enter the Young Artist Concerto Competition must sign up for a performance time after 3:30 on the audition time sign-up. Please make sure to include the composer and title of your concerto. Piano accompaniment is not required for the competition. If you are competing in the concerto competition, you do not need to sign up for a separate audition time for the orchestra; your concerto competition performance will serve as your audition.

WSYO Registration

Audition Time Sign-Up

Pay Tuition Here

Rehearsal Schedule

WSYO Procedures

Please contact Beau Benson with any questions. beau.benson@midwayisd.org 254-761-5675 X6.