Youth Orchestra Program

Kathy Follett conducts the youth orchestra in rehearsal

The Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC)

School-aged music students from the Oregon coast rehearse and perform together throughout the year in two NSO-sponsored youth orchestras. The youth orchestras are co-coordinated and led by NSO violinists Kathy Follett and Barbara Wilcox. The beginners’ orchestra, the Overture Strings, is comprised of entry-level string players. The Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC) is the full orchestra that includes intermediate and advanced string students, as well as youth woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Both orchestras are joined by selected adults who are at a similar performing level, as well as a few more experienced adult musicians. These lifelong learners help fill out the orchestra, and demonstrate that it’s never too late to learn to play a new instrument. The fees for these programs are $50 for the year.

If you would like to join, please contact Kathy Follett at 503-201-3408.

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NYSOC 2019– 2020 Season

Due to restrictions on meetings resulting from COVID-19, the 2020 Spring NYSOC season has been canceled. 

The NYSOC season extends from September through May and includes young musicians in grade 4 to high school who rehearse together along with their adult accompanists. Under the direction of their two dynamic conductors, Kathy Follett (NYSOC) and Barbara Wilcox (Overture Strings) these inspiring musicians give a public Winter Concert in December and a Spring Concert.


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