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


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

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 Summer Jazz Orchestra.

Community Classes

Students of all ages and levels can join TYSA to develop their musical skills through programs like the Tacoma Community Ukulele Project and Discover Drums!  

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 55,000 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 Symphonic 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 prior to the festival. During the festival, they join together to perform these works under the direction of renowned conductors.

TYSA seeks out performance opportunities in senior living facilities and underserved outlying communities. The Chamber Music program thrives, as do the sold-out educational concerts and our annual multi-concert school tour.

If you would like to bring your 4th graders to a performance by the Tacoma Youth Symphony, please 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.

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