The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles began as a dream of the ASO's founders in the 1960's and today continues to attract Arkansas' leading student-musicians. Ranging in age from 9-18 and traveling from over 37 communities throughout the state, the ASYO has grown to over 200 members.

For more information, please contact Barbara Burroughs at (501) 666-1761 ext. 116.

2019-2020 ASYO Handbook

ASYO Scholarship Application

John and Karen Flake Endowed Scholarship Award


Saturday, August 29, 2020 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (all strings)

Sunday, August 30, 2020 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. (woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, harp)

Important: Please apply to audition and read the requirements for the ensembles (linked below) PRIOR to your audition.

Video auditions will be allowed, if necessary. All video auditions MUST be done via YouTube, and returned to Barbara Burroughs, bburroughs@arkansassymphony.org, no LATER than Thursday, August 27th at noon. All videos must include all requirements for an in-person audition: two scales of contrasting style and tempo, a major and a melodic minor, and two pieces of contrasting style and tempo. (all selected by student) Please review the audition requirements here.

Those string students auditioning for Prelude Orchestra may prepare one scale and two pieces of contrasting style and tempo.

Any additional questions, please contact Barbara Burroughs via e-mail above.

Step 1: Apply to audition (please read audition information first)


Step 2: After the student has been placed in an ensemble, complete registration for the ASO Youth Ensembles program.



Academy Orchestra

For students 7th through 12th grade. An intermediate-level group that is a complete ensemble of woodwind, brass, string, and percussion players who must audition  for a spot in the group.

View Audition Requirements, Conductor and Schedule

Youth Orchestra

For students 8th through 12th grade. The most advanced youth ensemble boasts some of the top student musicians in the state. Musicians in this group consistently place at the top of the All-State Band and Orchestra Competition and are leaders in their schools and communities.

View Audition Requirements, Conductor and Schedule

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