Established in 1924 by Mary V. Dodge, the Portland Youth Philharmonic is the oldest youth orchestra in the United States. In its 90th season, it’s made up of 109 musicians, which is considered a large group for the main orchestra. The larger Portland Youth Philharmonic Association, which supports two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble, and a string ensemble, is in total made up of about 300 musicians, ranging from the ages of 7 to 23 and selected from a pool of applicants from across the region.

To learn more about the Portland Youth Philharmonic orchestra, tune into the five short audio pieces below: