FYS Performs at McIntyre Hall

Who We Are

Fidalgo Youth Symphony (FYS) is a nonprofit organization established in 1995. FYS offers orchestral training and experience for talented young musicians in Northwest Washington. It consists of Sinfonette, Junior and Youth Symphonies. All are under the direction of the talented and highly motivating Sharyn Peterson. The groups meet for rehearsal weekly on Thursdays during the academic year and perform the following concerts: Fall, Holiday, Spring, and Season Finale.

Camps are offered every summer and recently we have added tours abroad (more details!)


Sinfonette is designed for younger musicians, with special provisions for beginners. This program is designed to help introduce young musicians into our larger programs. Informal audition is required.

Junior Symphony

Junior Symphony is designed to accommodate musicians up to the age of 21 with a minimum of 2 years private study or permission of the Conductor. They perform intermediate symphonic works and join the Youth Symphony to create the Festival piece featured at each concert.

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony musicians are the most experienced musicians in our organization, up to the age of 21. They perform challenging symphonic literature on an advanced level.

How to join

A placement interview with our Music Director is required for new students entering Junior and Youth Symphonies, and for returning students who wish to advance from Sinfonette to Junior, or from Junior to Youth. All new musicians interested in joining should send an email to fidalgoyouthsymphony@gmail.com or call 360-483-4330 to schedule an audition.

Registration and audition information are available on the policies page.


Weekly rehearsals are held September-May on Thursdays at Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 N.Laventure Rd, Mount Vernon MAP

  • Sinfonette rehearses from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Junior Orchestra rehearses from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Youth Orchestra rehearses from 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm


2017/2018 Tuition for the Youth Symphony is $475 per year, Junior Symphony is $450 per year, and Sinfonette is $370 per year. To keep tuition affordable FYS requires 10 volunteer hours from each family per year. See the How to Help page for ideas!

We offer a $25 sibling discount to each additional sibling with a full-year enrollment. For example, a family with 3 children enrolled for a full year would have a $50 sibling discount total.

Referral Program

For the second year in a row, we are running a referral program for returning students. Every returning student who refers a new musician (who then auditions, is placed in a group and registers), will receive a $20 thank you gift! Have friends join you in symphony and get paid for it!!

See the Tuition section of the Policies page for complete information.

Graduating Senior Scholarships Available

The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage, support, and reward musical excellence, interest, and ambition by providing a financial award to be used for the furtherance of higher education to qualifying students within Fidalgo Youth Symphony. More info Downloadable Application form

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or call 360-483-4330