The mission of the BYO 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 can consist of one or many ensembles based of the number and skill level of the musicians. 

Chamber Players: A performance group comprised of all principal chair members of the Chamber Orchestra with special performances throughout the season in addition to the BYO performance schedule.

Chamber Symphonic Orchestra: An advanced symphonic orchestra.  Generalized ages 13 through 17.

String Orchestra: An intermediate string orchestra.  Generalized ages 9 through 12.

Chamber Music Ensemble: Members of the Chamber Orchestra have the opportunity to be put in chamber music ensembles and perform in a chamber music series. Quartets will rehearse outside of BYO and will regularly check in with coaches and the Director during BYO rehearsal times. 

Ensembles Program: A program specially designed for introductory and intermediate developmental music education of stringed instrument studies with concentration on basic techniques of bowing, fingering and playing skills. 

Music for Success (MFS): a program of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, inviting young musicians to participate in an intermediate orchestral program.  Eligibility of this “adopt-a -school program” requires nomination from your school orchestra teachr & principal.   Young musicians accepted into this program receive a half scholarship for their tuition and dues.


Placement of musicians into all orchestras or ensembles is based upon an audition of musical ability.  Creation of each ensemble is up to the discretion of the Artistic Director based on annual enrollment and musical ability.