Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra (WWSYO)


Formed in the fall of 2008 with the help of a generous grant from the Sherwood Trust, the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra (WWSYO) provides young musicians in grades 8 - 12 with a unique opportunity to rehearse and perform in a large ensemble alongside other musicians from across eastern Washington and northern Oregon.

The Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra is directed by Dr. Paul Luongo, who is also the director of the Whitman College Orchestra.

The WWSYO is open to students currently in grades 8 - 12, and all students must audition regardless of past participation in the WWSYO. All instruments are invited to audition. Audition requirements include: a prepared one-minute solo piece of your choice and a short session of sight reading. Rehearsals will be held on Monday evenings and all Youth Orchestra musicians are required to participate in their school music program, if one is available.

Past repertoire has included:

  • Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain
  • Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A
  • Bizet’s L’arlessiene Suite No. 1
  • Haydn’s Symphony No. 100
  • Beethoven’s Symphony no. 1 in C minor

For more information, or to schedule an audition, please call the Symphony office at 509-529-8020 or e-mail Nathanael Fleming at nathanael@wwsymphony.org.

The Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra is supported by:


Upcoming WWSYO Concerts: