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.

Important links

ASO Youth Ensembles (Prelude, Academy, ASYO) Calendar

2021-2022 ASYO Handbook

ASYO Scholarship Application

John and Karen Flake Endowed Scholarship Award


Auditions for the 2021-2022 ASOYE Season will be held the week of August 30 through September 3, 2021

These auditions are live and in person, and will be held at Byrne Hall, the ASO Offices, at 2417 North Tyler St., Little Rock, AR  72207.  PLEASE FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO COMPLETE THE AUDITION PROCESS

1.  Please read the Audition Information FIRST

2Apply to Audition

3.  You will be notified of the time and day of your audition by early August. 

4.  Audition Results may be obtained the week following your audition by emailing

5.  Once you have been placed in a group, you may register for an Orchestra

6.  The rehearsal schedule for prelude, academy and youth orchestras will be under “Important Links”  “ASO youth ensembles (prelude, academy and youth) CalendarASO youth ensembles (prelude, academy and youth) Calendar


Thank you for registering for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles Program!

If you would like to make an online tuition payment now, click below. If you have any questions please email Barbara at


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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All ASO musicians, guest artists and staff, venue staff, and patrons are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all ASO indoor concerts.

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