Classical Orchestra

Hear the future now

Hear the future now

Youth Classical Symphony Classes in Kansas City

New for the 2024/25 Academic Year!

Conductor – Prof. Raffaele Cipriano

Our Classical Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra in our Senior School. The Classical Orchestra performs standard orchestral repertoire from the Classical period onwards, as well as 18th & 19th Century Opera.

In addition to its standard performance calendar, Classical Orchestra has performed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Celebration Commission’s annual concert, for the Kansas City Chinese-American Association Chinese New Year Celebration, and other special performance opportunities including exchange concerts with other regional youth orchestra programs. Recent performances at the Kansas City Classic Festival of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and excerpts from Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Kaufman Center brought several standing ovations.

Musicians accepted into Symphony and Classical Orchestra are eligible to also participate in YSKC’s Touring Orchestra.

Historical Touring Orchestra highlights include performances across Ireland in 2016 and in 2018 in Austria as a part of Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s 60th Anniversary Season. In 2023, the Orchestra performed Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” and Stolzel’s “City Beautiful” at Carnegie Hall in New York.


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Meet Raffaele Cipriano

Raffaele Cipriano is an esteemed Italian conductor, opera coach, and composer, excited to work with the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and guide young musicians in learning masterpieces of symphonic literature.

Trained at the prestigious Conservatories of Padua and Venice, he excels in orchestral conducting, collaborative piano, opera repertoire, and composition.

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Ready to join YSKC? 

View our 2024/2025 audition information to learn more!

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About YSKC

YSKC was founded as The Youth Symphony of the Heart of America by Leo Scheer consisting of an orchestra of 80 musicians, 22 and younger. Incorporated in 1958, YSKC has enjoyed a vibrant history as the musical home to students in Kansas City. Today, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City serves more than 400 musicians in grades 5-12 and is comprised of four full orchestras, a preparatory strings ensemble, multiple ancillary programs, the Opus 76 Quartet Residency, and our new YSKC Academy program. Throughout its 65 years of programming, YSKC has built an alumni class of more than 10,000, completed international tours to Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, and performed at numerous prestigious festivals and conferences nationwide.

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