Celebrate BYSO Day and support our incredible young musicians now and in the future!

BYSO Day is on April 23!

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Help us celebrate the phenomenal young musicians of BYSO today and into the future!

Every gift made in honor of BYSO Day on April 23 through May 13 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $15,000 thanks to an anonymous donor. Your gifts are bringing extraordinary musical experiences to the youth of New England and sharing the joy of classical music across their communities.  

This year, donor support is making the return to in-person music-making possible, with numerous logistical and safety upgrades in place to ensure the health and well-being of our performers, teachers, staff, and audiences. It has been a joyful experience gathering for lessons, rehearsals, and concerts again this year, and we are looking forward to more than a dozen upcoming performances in the final 2 months of the season, thanks to your support!

Students & families: scroll down for more info on the Orchestra Challenge, including photos from BYSO Spirit Day to share on your social media!

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BYSO Day History:

On April 23rd, 1961, (G)BYSO had the honor of performing at world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York, performing works by Verdi, Sibelius and Wagner. The orchestra presented a second concert one week later at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (pictured here). In honor of this momentous occasion, Governor John A. Volpe named April 23rd “Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Day” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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This year's celebration of BYSO Day begins on April 23, 2022 and goes until May 13, 2022.  We are celebrating joyful return to in-person music-making after more than a year apart.  As we look back on this season, we are inspired by the joy that our students have brought to their communities through exceptional classical music. 

We hope you'll consider making a donation to help support BYSO students on their journeys to achieve excellence, not only in music, but in every area of their lives.

Every gift made from April 23 to May 13 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000, by an anonymous donor. This means that your gift will have DOUBLE the impact! $5 turns into $10, $10 into $20, and so on!

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BYSO Day Family Orchestra Challenge:

The BYSO Orchestra Challenge is back! This challenge is a way to celebrate our students and families as we cap off an inspirational season of returning to in-person music-making.

See below for more details about how you can earn points for your orchestra. The orchestra with the most points per capita at midnight on May 13, 2022, wins a special prize!

Here's how it works:

1.) Earn 1 point by sending us your favorite BYSO photos, memories, and clips of you performing and practicing by filling out this Google Form or emailing Shannon Canavin, Development Manager, Events, at [email protected].

2.) Earn 1 point by posting your favorite memories on social media with the hashtags #BYSODAY and #BYSOSPIRITDAY, and be sure to tag us @BostonYouthSymphonyOrchestras so we can track your posts!

3.) Earn as many points as you can by making a charitable gift to BYSO and encouraging your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same between April 23 and May 13. All gifts will be matched dollar for dollar - doubling your impact in support of keeping our programs accessible to all. Choose your orchestra under "teams" above, click the red donate button at the top right of the screen, and then follow the prompts to make your gift. Gifts of any amount earn your team a point, and continue to make the unique and empowering BYSO experience possible for all of our students.

Be sure to follow BYSO on Facebook and Instagram and encourage your friends and family to do the same. We will be sharing updates of the leaderboard over the next several weeks, so be sure to stay tuned!

Earn more points in the Orchestra Challenge by sharing your photo on social media!

Find your photo from BYSO Spirit Day on May 10 and share it on social media by May 13 to earn an extra point in the Orchestra Challenge! Be sure to tag us at @bostonyouthsymphonyorchestras with the hashtags #BYSODay and #BYSOSpiritDay and tell us what orchestra you are in. The winning orchestra will get an awesome prize at the end of the year! Click here for downloadable versions of the photos shown below.

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