Hampton Roads’ Premier Youth Orchestra

With the health of our students and families in mind during the COVID-19 global pandemic, BYOV suspended all activities effective March 16, 2020. We continue to monitor the situation closely and have adapted our programming accordingly. We launched a three class online series for winds, brass, and percussion members. Beginning Monday, January 25 we resumed in-person rehearsals for stringed instruments only in accordance with CDC and the Virginia Department of Health Guidelines for safe gatherings.

We know that the skills that make BYOV musicians great can also help carry us through challenging situations and we encourage everyone to continue to demonstrate empathy, respect, collaboration, and creativity as we navigate these uncertain times.

For our most updated plan moving forward, including schedule, locations, ensembles, and safety information, review our BYOV Rehearsal Procedures & Safety Protocols 2020-2021 Season.

Six Ensembles, Student Musicians from All Over Hampton Roads

Under the direction and guidance of many supportive music educators over the past 45 years, Bay Youth Orchestras has developed into one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the country. Offering six levels of ensemble training to over 350 young musicians, BYOV gives students the opportunity to learn and perform the world’s greatest orchestral literature.

Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia is a 501C(3) non-profit organization and receives funding from the Business Consortium for Arts Support of South Hampton Roads, the City of Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, the City of Norfolk Arts and Humanities Commission, the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

News & Events

BYOV FEATURED ON WTKR NEWS THIS SPRING! Learn about our long standing tradition of the Bay Youth and Virginia Symphonies performing side by side annually. Watch the news clip!

JUST RELEASED ON YOUTUBE! BYOV and the Virginia Children’s Chorus performing the premier of Hailstork’s Gift of the Magi in 2013.


August 24 2020 BYO-Graph

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia has ben names as the proud recipient of a grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation as part of their COVID-19 Recovery for the Arts program. We are so grateful to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation for their dedication to seeing organizations like ours through this challenging time for the arts. These funds will allow us to continue rehearsals as soon as it is safe with lots of excitement and momentum!

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since its founding in 1950, the regional community foundation has provided more than $301 million in grants and scholarships to improve life in southeastern Virginia.




Become a Member

Want to perform with Hampton Roads’ premier youth orchestras? It begins with the audition process.


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