The Pinellas Youth Symphony is an organization founded in 1958 by music educators to promote the music development in our community. Our students benefit from a qualified professional staff with a challenge to train talented young musicians in the finest techniques of orchestral and ensemble performance.

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Pinellas Youth Symphony, Inc. is to:

  • Offer the community a program for the youth of Pinellas County that will support and enhance the music education of the individual through participation in a challenging group setting.
  • Encourage children to focus their extracurricular energy on a positive activity that will nurture appreciation for the arts.
  • Provide students with an environment that will support the development of positive self-esteem and self-discipline and promote the spirit of cooperation through an orchestral experience.

Nondiscrimination Policy It is the policy of Pinellas Youth Symphony, Inc. that no person shall, on the grounds of race, sex, handicap, national origin, religion, marital status, or political belief be discriminated against as a participant or volunteer in the Pinellas Youth Symphony or any of its programs or activities. 

Funding Approximately 35% of the funding of PYS comes from tuition paid by the students. In an effort to make this opportunity affordable for the majority of students, 65% of the funding must come from other sources, such as grants and contributions. The PYS program contributes towards the making of fine young citizens. Music gives children something special and interesting to do with their time, and rewards that will stay with them throughout their lifetime. The Pinellas Youth Symphony, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) Not-for-Profit Corporation and all gifts made to PYS are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.