MYO is one of Maine's oldest youth orchestras, composed of talented middle and high school students.
~NOW CELEBRATING 49 YEARS OF CONTINUED DEDICATION TO THE MISSION OF SUPPORTING AND TRAINING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AGED STUDENTS IN PERFORMING MAJOR SYMPHONIC WORKS.~
Originally the Brunswick Regional Youth Orchestra or BRYO, this organization was founded in 1972 with the help of the late Professor Robert Beckwith of Bowdoin College and an initial grant from the Maine State Commission for the Arts and Humanities. The Orchestra was Incorporated in 1974. The orchestra is designed to provide orchestral training for area students in grades 6 through 12, since most schools in the area did not--and still do not -- have orchestras. In 2001 the orchestra relocated to Yarmouth High School and was renamed the Maine Youth Orchestra or MYO to better serve any student from the surrounding area. The orchestra has been rehearsing at Greely Middle School in Cumberland since 2012.
MYO students are encouraged to participate in their school music programs. This is a wonderful way in which students can contribute to their school community, and to repay the start in music they may have received there. MYO has been proud to support many students who have gone on to attend music schools such a Julliard, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. Many of our alumni are professional musicians and teachers or amateur musicians with community symphonies.
MYO is run by a volunteer board of directors. All contributions go directly to pay for music, scholarships to the members, concert hall rentals and the conductor's fee. Acceptance in the group is by audition. MYO gives equal opportunity to all auditioners.