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

2019-2020 ASYO Handbook

ASYO Scholarship Application

John and Karen Flake Endowed Scholarship Award


All auditions are online this year and should be sent NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15, 2020, TO Barbara Burroughs, Director of Education, at bburroughs@arkansassymphony.org

Videos should be uploaded to a streaming platform such as YouTube or Vimeo, and a link sent in. Videos can be left 'unlisted' for privacy.

Please remember that the videos must be recorded with good lighting so that conductors can see your entire stance, all of the instrument and hands; and for strings, the entire bow and bow hold.

For Audition requirements and to register please visit:


For questions, please contact Barbara Burroughs at bburroughs@arkansassymphony.org

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.



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 bburroughs@arkansassymphony.org


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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