Berkeley Youth Orchestra is a 100-strong youth symphony orchestra with a 50+ year tradition of nurturing dedicated young musicians, often in their first full-symphony experience.
BYO musicians ranging in ages from 8-18, are led by Artistic Director and Conductor, Jay Lehmann, and rehearse and perform at the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center in Laney College on Saturday mornings. Two sub-orchestras offer enhanced training: preparatory work through BYPO and advanced experience through BYCO.
Three seasonal concerts feature orchestral repertoire from a variety of genres. Programs include a full season of chamber music and a concerto competition.
BYO is both a welcoming, nurturing community and a professionally-run full symphony orchestra. Our members grow as both musicians and young people, playing challenging repertoire while receiving sectional coaching and earning leadership opportunities. They step into the skills and dedication necessary to create performances that showcase their abilities.