Fidalgo Youth Symphony Fidalgo Youth Symphony

Teaching values of teamwork and excellence through musical training, and enabling talented young musicians to advance in musical performance.

FYS Performs at McIntyre Hall


FYS is a program of the NW Youth Symphony Association (NWYSA), which also includes the Mount Baker Youth Symphony.


NWYSA June live online concert


NWYSA Spring 2021 Virtual Concert


NW Youth Symphony Orchestras perform a virtual concert of Farandole by Georges Bizet.



Rehearsals and performances are postponed until further notice on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

A message from our director, Mrs. Peterson:
Due to the Governor's instructions about the coronavirus phases of recovery, Mount Baker and Fidalgo Youth Symphonies will hold no large group concerts until further notice, but we can keep our ensemble skills sharp and advancing by meeting in small group Chamber practices and perhaps outdoor performances (in accordance with the phases of recovery which will be announced). Meanwhile stay healthy and work hard at your skills!


Sharyn Peterson offers online classes

Fidalgo Youth Symphony Violin & Viola Sectionals, Thursdays beginning September 10, 2020

Classes will be online using Zoom | $8 per 45-minute class

6:30 p.m. Juniors
7:30 p.m. Youth


We will cover technique for two weeks and slowly integrate excerpts from likely symphonic choices for upcoming concerts. The repertoire will depend on the advancement levels of the musicians: flexibility is the key!

Director's Notes

We are finding it a little challenging to plan for our fall musical activities with the shutdowns still in place for Phase 2. I am beginning to do online zoom classes and rehearsals for Fidalgo Youth Symphony. I will just be doing Violins and Violas for September, and in October I’m going to set up woodwind and brass online rehearsals through the zoom meeting format. It will be fun and innovative!

We will prepare music for upcoming concerts in a format similar to master classes where the teacher will play and then students will answer with the same phrase, either one at a time or together if we can figure out the time lapses. In any case it will keep everyone working hard on their techniques and when we resume our joint practicing at our normal locations, your advancements and the musical quality will be even better, and thus more exciting! No registration for the Youth Symphonies is needed at this point. We will wait until we can enter our church locations, and then we could have official registrations. What I would like from you now is one check per month of $32 to cover the cost of the instruction for the Zoom sectionals and rehearsals (or you can pay me directly on Venmo - just use this email:

I am eager to hear you play! Please keep up your private lessons with serious diligence in your practicing.

With joy in music making,
Peterson Conservatory Director,
Sharyn Peterson


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 or call 360-483-4330 to schedule an audition.

View audition materials

Printable Registration Form

Printable Financial Aid Form



Rehearsals and performances are postponed until further notice on account of the coronavirus outbreak.

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 – 8:30 pm


The concert scheduled for March 21, 2020, with the Mt Baker Youth Symphony has been postponed on account of the coronavirus, It will be rescheduled when circumstances allow. Please keep checking back!