Founded in 1980 with the purpose of providing artistic and educational development of musically talented and dedicated junior high youth within Colorado Springs' School District #11, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA) began with 70 young musicians and gave a single performance the first season. Today, the Youth Symphony is comprised of eight individual groups: Wolfgang Strings (String Program, Level 1), Amadeus String Orchestra (String Program, Level 2), Allegro Strings (String Program, Level 3), Vivace String Orchestra (String Program, Level 4), Bravo! Winds (intermediate concert band), Pikes Peak Wind Symphony (advanced concert band), Ovation Youth Orchestra (advanced full orchestra) and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony (our flagship group). Approximately 350 young musicians are accepted by audition every year to take part in one of these groups. The Mozart String Project, which focuses on beginning string instruction, enrolls an additional 150 students at sites in Northeast and Northcentral Colorado Springs. Today, students from over sixty schools from the Pikes Peak region including Pueblo, Limon, Castle Rock, Peyton and Canon City participate in our programs.