MSYO Alumni


Welcome Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Alumni & Families!

The Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded in 1955 under the visionary direction of Hugo Rinaldi, Director of Music for San Rafael City Schools, and Barry Boland, a Marin Symphony violinist. Since then, thousands of students have completed the program and gone on to successful careers in music and beyond.

Currently, the Marin Symphony Youth Programs, consisting of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Crescendo Orchestra, and Overture String Ensemble, serve more than 180 young musicians in Marin County each year. Through the years, we’ve connected thousands of young musicians in lasting friendships with great music and one another. These folks often return to us as musicians and appreciators. If you are among them, we welcome your stories!


  • The Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and Task Force parents raised funds for a European tour in June 2019, and another 2025 tour is in the works!
  • MSYO recorded its first CD, at Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio in 2013, and now records for Skywalker Day each November
    at this amazing and inspiring facility.
  • The MSYO has performed at the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festivals at both Davies Symphony Hall and Weill Hall at the Green Center.
  • The MSYO inaugurated a new tradition by naming the first annual Hugo Rinaldi Fellowship winner in MSYO and granting Musical Citizenship Awards to deserving members of the Crescendo and Overture Ensembles.

Join the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra Alum on Facebook and stay in touch!


Join the youth ensembles each spring and winter at a concert! Crescendo/Overture Ensembles and MSYO perform at the James Dunn Theatre at College of Marin. Stay tuned for upcoming concerts: Youth Concerts.


Do you have fond memories of your days rehearsing and performing in Marin Symphony Youth Programs and workshops? Did you tour with MSYO to Spoleto, Vienna, Australia, Vancouver, or Europe?  We’d love to reconnect and hear what you’ve been doing!

If you’d like to support our youth programs for future generations, please give to Marin Symphony Youth Programs:

MSYO Alumni & Families Registration

Tell about your experience with the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and stay in touch!

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Thanks for sharing your stories!