The Youth Symphony is an auditioned music group drawing students, grades 7-12, from a 60 mile radius. This full symphonic orchestra is comprised of students in public, private and home school academic settings. The Youth Symphony plays challenging music and seeks highly motivated young musicians who enjoy music performance. The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony accepts applicants based on their musical ability without regard to sex, race, religion, disability or national origin.

The Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization with an office in the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. The Youth Symphony has a strong partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which provides in-kind rehearsal and concert space. In addition, university music majors participate as section leaders. The Chippewa Valley Symphony (CVS) and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra are also key community partners. Through this coalition of partners, we seek to promote music as an important and enduring art form and to create enriching musical opportunities that nurture the artistic talents of these young musicians.The Youth Symphony has a Board of Directors and utilizes university student interns to assist with office duties. Office hours may vary based on intern schedules.


Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony Conductors

Lydia Hynson Park 2021 - 2022

John Stewart - 2018 - 2020

Eric Dasher - 2013 - 2018

Aurélien Pétillot - 2012 - 2013

Peter Haberman - 2010 - 2012

Eugene Power – 2006-2010

Ivar Lunde - 1980-2005