SFSYO Archives

Youth Orchestra Key Milestones

Since its founding in the 1981, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra has toured internationally and recorded to wide acclaim. Here are the major milestones in the orchestra’s eventful history.

2019   Daniel Stewart appointed 9th Music Director
2016   Christian Reif appointed 8th Music Director
2015   10th International Tour (Europe)
2013   6th Recording Released, Mahler Symphony No. 1 on the SFSMedia Label
2012   9th International Tour (Europe)
2011   30th Anniversary Concert
    Program: Bartók/ Divertimento, Holst/ The Planets
2009   Donato Cabrera appointed 7th Music Director
2008   8th International Tour (Germany and the Czech Republic)
2007   25th Anniversary Concert and Alumni Celebration
    Program:  Beethoven Symphony No. 9
2005   Benjamin Shwartz appointed 6th Music Director
2004   7th International Tour (Europe)
2001   20th Anniversary Season
    6th International Tour (Russia and Ireland)
    Edwin Outwater appointed 5th Music Director
    5th recording released, a 20th Anniversary compilation
1999   4th recording released, Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
1998   5th International Tour (Europe)
1997   3rd recording released (Concertgebouw)
1995   2nd recording released, Mahler Symphony No. 5
    4th International Tour (Europe)
1992   3rd International Tour (Europe)
1991   1st recording released, a 10th Anniversary compilation
1989   2nd International Tour (Asia)
    Alasdair Neale appointed 4th Music Director
1986   Leif Bjaland appointed 3rd Music Director
    1st International Tour (Europe)
1984   David Milnes appointed 2nd Music Director
1982   YO performs Inaugural concert on Sunday, January 17
1981   Youth Orchestra was founded
    Jahja Ling appointed 1st Music Director 


Please include your name along with the name and instrument of the young musician for which you are inquiring in all email and phone messages.  We cannot provide accurate and prompt replies without this information.

Jason Pyszkowski
Associate Director - Youth Orchestra Program

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