60 years of symphonic education and performance that transforms young lives and enriches communities.

Empowering Students

At the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, we promise to give you an unsurpassed symphonic learning experience that will develop your musical talents more than you have ever dreamed.

Through our program of concerts, rehearsals, music theory, and a comprehensive summer festival we engage all aspects of a classical music education – creating a solid foundation for your musical journey.


60 years of symphonic education and performance that transforms young lives and enriches communities.

Community Classes

Students of all ages and levels can join TYSA to develop their musical skills through programs like the Tacoma Young Violin Program and the Tacoma Community Ukulele Project.  

Summer Camps

Keep the music going over the summer and join TYSA for a variety of experiences including the Evergreen Music Festival, the Hammond Ashley Bass Workshop, and the Symphonic Jazz Workshop.

TYSA in the Schools

We believe that every student has the right to a transformative music education. Through free school visits, partnerships with local educators, and free community concerts, TYSA reaches thousands of youth across the South Sound region every year.

General Programs

In addition to the regular orchestral program, TYSA augments its curriculum with sectionals, chamber music, private lessons, and music theory classes. The TYSA reaches over 30,000 people annually through eight orchestras and adjunct programs.

The Evergreen Music Festival is a successful summer music program that allows our students to perform with students who are not in our regular program and experience the love and joy of playing music together.

The String Orchestra Festival in March provides a unique and non-competitive festival option for over 1,250 middle/junior high musicians. Coming from throughout Puget Sound, full school orchestras perform for one another and listen to TYSA chamber musicians. The TYSA provides school orchestras with festival music to learn a month prior to the festival. During the festival, they join together to perform these works under the direction of renowned maestros.

TYSA seeks out performance opportunities in nursing homes and underserved outlying communities. The Chamber Series thrives, as do the sold-out children’s concert and our annual multi-concert school tour.

If you would like to bring your 4th graders to a TYS performance conducted by Dr. Paul-Elliott Cobbs, contact Mr. Tommy Hawthorne at (253) 627-2792 x5 for additional information regarding our education concerts. 


Help Us Continue Transforming Lives

Whether you donate, volunteer, or sponsor, your contribution will help us continue to provide the highest quality music education and preserve a rich cultural experience.