The mission of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City is to educate young musicians
through enhanced orchestral experiences and to build the present and future classical music community.
The Youth Symphony of Kansas City was founded as “The Youth Symphony of the Heart of America” by conductor Leo Scheer in 1958. The organization initially consisted of one orchestra of 80 musicians. Incorporated on July 31, 1958, the organization has endured a long and interesting history as the musical home to young musicians in Kansas City.
Today, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City is comprised of four full orchestras and over 320 young musicians participate annually.