The Future of the MYSP

The Memphis Youth Symphony Program (MYSP) successfully kicked off our 55th season virtually this weekend. Since its founding in 1966, the MYSP has been committed to engaging students in meaningful musical experiences. Today we are renewing that commitment by providing safe music education opportunities for students despite the ongoing pandemic. At the top of our priority is the health and safety of MYSP students, families, staff, artists, and volunteers, which is why the MYSP is unable to resume large, in-person ensembles this fall. 

While we may not be able to gather as usual, we will be providing wonderful and safe opportunities to keep our student musicians engaged.  Though the pandemic may keep us from being fully together, the MYSP recognizes the increased importance on social engagement and development for our young musicians. To achieve this goal, we will be providing chamber music experiences that will follow strict health and safety guidelines mandated by the CDC and Shelby County Health Department. We have also developed a series of remote learning experiences this fall including a Virtual Lecture Series, Virtual Masterclasses, and a Virtual Concerto Competition. 

The MYSP has been affected financially by the pandemic, but we believe it is important for all students to have accessible music education during this unprecedented global health crisis. Because of this, the majority of our events will be free and open to the public. The MYSP is first and foremost a community organization and we cannot move forward without your help. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the MYSP and support our commitment to providing engaging and educational musical opportunities for our youth. It is through your generosity that we are able to fulfill our mission and be an inclusive arts organization within the Memphis community. 

To donate, please visit

Thank you for being a valued part of the MYSP family! 

All my best, 

Brittany Cooper-d’Orsay

Executive Director

Memphis Youth Symphony Program


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