Portland Youth Philharmonic

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The Portland Youth Philharmonic Association is an organization of several orchestras made up of young people from ages 7 to 22 in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1924 as the Portland Junior Symphony and is the oldest established youth orchestra in the United States. It is currently led by recently appointed conductor and music director David Hattner.


The roots of the ensemble go back to Harney County, Oregon. In 1910, Mary V. Dodge, a violinist and music teacher, moved to Burns. After securing funding from local businessmen and Portland attorney and writer Charles Erskine Scott Wood, she purchased instruments for local children and organized them into an ensemble called the Sagebrush Symphony Orchestra. The group played its first concert in 1912. In Portland, Dodge founded another youth orchestra, the Irvington School Orchestra. This ensemble became the nucleus of Portland Junior Symphony which was formed in 1924.


(PYP) consists of four ensembles: the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra, the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Young String Ensemble.

Past repertoires have included: Bartok's Concerto for...
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