Hampton Roads’ Premier Youth Orchestra

Five Ensembles, Student Musicians from All Over Hampton Roads

Under the direction and guidance of many supportive music educators over the past 41 years, Bay Youth Orchestras has developed into one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the country. Offering five levels of ensemble training, BYOV gives student musicians 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

BYCO Guest Conductors for the 2016-2017 have been selected. View the press release HERE!


Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia is announcing our 2016-2017 Concerto Competition! Members of the Concert & Symphony Orchestras are invited to participate.
The competition will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016. One winner from BYCO and two winners from BYSO will be chosen to perform as soloist with their orchestra on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Norfolk Academy Johnson Theater.
*There is a $30 application fee to participate. Students may select a solo of their choice to be approved by the conductors. Memorization is required. Piano accompaniment will not be provided by BYOV. Members must provide their own accompanist and select an audition time based on the accompanist’s availability. 
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