About Us

Over 300 student musicians from all over Hampton Roads create five performing ensembles to present concerts throughout the Tidewater area. Students from as far away as Williamsburg, Yorktown, and North Carolina, and as close as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, and Norfolk attend weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings.

Under the direction and guidance of many supportive music educators over the past 42 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.