For over 45 years the Tacoma Youth
Symphony Association has provided nurturing, all-inclusive programs for young musicians.
Since its creation in 1963, TYSA has grown to an internationally recognized youth
orchestra organization comprised of over 500 students from all over Western Washington.
The members of the TYSA range in age from 7 to 21 and represent over 100 schools in 20
communities. They come from all types of backgrounds to form a family brought together by
their love of music. To this family is added the inspiration of the dedicated and talented
conductors producing truly extraordinary music and extraordinary people. One of the
largest youth orchestras in the United States, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association is
made up of seven orchestras, summer music camps, chamber music programs, music elements
classes and harp, viola and bass training programs. These programs reach more than 8,500
school children through regular season concerts, ensemble performances, school tour
performances, chamber concerts, education concerts and the String Orchestra Festival.