The YSKC Symphony Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra made up of high school students in grades 9-12. Symphony Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of the program, performing standard orchestral repertoire.
Historical performance highlights include international tours to Spain and Europe as well as performances at Carnegie Hall. In September 2011, the Symphony Orchestra gave the first free public performance at Helzberg Hall at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. During the 2012-2013 season, the ensemble was selected to perform for the Missouri Music Education Association’s 75th Annual In-Service Workshop/Conference in Osage Beach, Mo. In 2013-2014, Symphony Orchestra performed at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop and in December 2014, the orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic – International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Ill.
Musicians of Symphony Orchestra and Academy Orchestra joined together to form the YSKC Touring Orchestra, performing across Ireland in 2016 and again in 2018 in Austria, as a part of Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s 60th Anniversary Season. The Touring Orchestra will play in Boston and New York in the summer of 2020 for our East Coast Takeover Tour.
Steven D. Davis is current conductor of the Symphony Orchestra.