Former NBSYO Rebrands as SMYO

The New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras is changing its name to the Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, reflecting its mission to serve student musicians in all the communities of southeastern Massachusetts. SMYO remains a program of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.

More than 100 student musicians are part of the SMYO program, performing in six ensemble levels ranging from beginning players to college musicians. Rehearsals take place at UMass Dartmouth, and concerts are held several times a year, including the opportunity for Symphony players to perform alongside professional musicians at the New Bedford Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concerts.

Auditions for new students (and returning students wishing to move up to the next ensemble) will be held on September 5 & 6 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UMass Dartmouth. To request an audition time, please email Audition requirements can be found at

The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with internationally acclaimed guest artists, as well as an outstanding chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO’s innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 25,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit today.

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