Front Range Youth Symphony

FRYS Orchestra at the Center

The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras bring together talented young musicians from across the Front Range for a unique study and training in Orchestral repertoire. Developed from a merger of the former Golden Youth and Arvada Center Youth Symphonies in 1990, the program offers four levels of participation: Academy Strings, Concert Strings, Chamber Strings, and Youth Symphony.

The group has toured on both coasts of the United States, the Bahamas, and Europe including a Walt Disney World performance tour in June of 2016. They have performed with National and guests artists such as the Lehnert Duo, Skip DeVol, Charles Langley, and Colcannon. The Youth Symphony has enjoyed many years of cooperation and educational collaborations with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Institute, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Chamber Orchestra.

Students who are members of any FRYS group are also required to participate in their school's instrumental music program. It is our belief that public school music programs offer students, among other things, valuable ensemble training and necessary repetition. The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras seek to enhance, not replace, school music programs. 

Annual auditions are held May 15 from 4:00 - 8:00pm and May 16 1:00 - 7:00pm. These auditions will be held at the date and times scheduled, but will be conducted by Zoom. Please contact the Box Office at 720-898-7200 to schedule a Zoom audition.

Auditions for openings that may exist are held throughout the year by appointment.

2020 FRYS Brochure

The Front Range Youth Symphony recognized Ms. Kelly Watts as the 2019 Teacher of the Year at the May 6 concert.

About our Orchestras


Danielle Johnson


Front Range Youth Symphony Conductor

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Javan Carson


Chamber & Concert Strings Orchestra Conductor

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Michelle Ewer


Academy Strings Conductor

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Youth Symphony, begins Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-9:00

Academy Strings, begins Wednesday, August 28, 5:45-6:30

Concert Strings, begins Wednesday, August 28, 6:40-7:40

Chamber Orchestra, begins Wednesday, August 28, 7:40-9:10

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