Junior Symphony

Grades 6-8

Junior Symphony

The Junior Symphony (JS) is the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s most advanced middle-school symphonic orchestra. It is comprised of 70-90 dedicated middle-school string, woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the Albuquerque area. The Junior Symphony performs exciting and challenging symphonic literature, while focusing on advancing student’s technical skills and musicality.

AYSP Junior Ensemble Video

WEEKLY REHEARSALS: Saturdays 8:30am-11:00am (unless otherwise noted) at the AYSP Facility.

CONCERTS: The Junior Symphony gives three performances each season – an informal concert at a public school in early December (a “School Tour”), a formal concert in December at an APS Performing Arts Center, and a formal concert in April or early May at Popejoy Hall. These three performances, along with associated dress rehearsals, are mandatory for all members of the Junior Symphony.

SCHOOL TOURS: The Junior Symphony performs annually in early December at a public school in the Albuquerque area as part of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s School Tours. The host school offers one or more assemblies in the morning (usually between 7am-12pm) for their students, during which the Junior Symphony performs several pieces and students at the host school learn about classical and symphonic music. Junior Symphony students enrolled in APS schools are excused from classes on the morning of their School Tour. Parents bring their students to the host school and pick them up.

Ali Brasher

Junior String Orchestra Conductor

Ali Brasher


We rely on donations from generous individuals and businesses like you to provide symphonic performance experiences to Albuquerque’s talented young musicians and access to music education for students in need.

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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190