The purpose of the Buckhead Youth Orchestra (BYO), established by Juan R. Ramirez and under the auspices of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc., is to provide an orchestral experience of pre-college and pre-professional caliber to talented young musicians selected by audition from the metro and outlying areas of Atlanta. This orchestral program is a comprehensive musical curriculum, designed to provide an in-depth traditional, classical, and cultural music experience. Intensive preparation for public performance, development of basic technical skills, and professional coaching sessions are enhanced by local and regional concerto competitions, summer music festivals, and student scholarship opportunities.

The Buckhead Youth Orchestra is an advanced orchestra with special performances throughout the season in addition to the BYO performance schedule. Placement of musicians into the orchestras or ensembles is based upon musical ability regardless of age or grade. The BYO is open to all young musicians ages 7-18. All participants must audition for acceptanceinto the program based on their level of musical ability. Private instruction and participation in a school orchestra program are a prerequisite to acceptance into the BYO program. The BYO program supports all public and private school orchestra programs. Since its inception, The Buckhead Youth Orchestra has been endorsed by the Buckhead Coalition, Sam Massell,President. Its programs include the Suzanne Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund , the Parvaneh Mehdian Memorial Scholarship Fund, Regional Young Artists Concerto Competitions, and bringing educational childrens concert activities to a population of children that do not have access to the Arts.

The Buckhead Youth Orchestra performs a regular series of concerts every year and additionally contributes special performances to support the endeavors of other organizations such the Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum, the Buckhead Business Association, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Consumers’ Choice Awards for Business Excellence, and Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House.

Buckhead Youth Orchestra members and alumni have the opportunity to travel within the concert season and during the summer. Past travel performances include: “A Tribute to Veterans” in Gainesville, GA and the “Winners of the BYO Concerto Competition Spring Concert Series” at the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA.  In the summers, members of the BYO have toured internationally in Mexico, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Monaco.

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