Founded in Berkeley in 1935, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra is the oldest independent youth orchestra in California and the second oldest in the nation. For 73 years YPSO has developed the musical talents and skills of students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Music Director/Conductor David Ramadanoff is in his 20th season with the orchestra.
Our mission is to guide young musicians to achieve excellence within an orchestral setting. We provide an educational environment that fosters accomplishment, serves as a cultural resource for the community, and builds future audience by instilling a passion for music. We encourage young people to become exemplary musicians, and young musicians to become exemplary people.