The Symphonic Youth Orchestra (SYO) was the first part of the program formed in 1970. This ensemble operates in a full orchestra format, complete with wind, brass and percussion instruments. The SYO has performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Many SYO graduates have continued their musical studies and have become accomplished professional musicians.
In 1990, two more youth orchestras were founded to encourage elementary and middle school musicians. The String Ensemble (SE) encourages elementary school students to seriously study string instruments and offers training and advancement into the Concert Youth Orchestra (CYO). The CYO for middle school students offers training and advancement into the Symphonic Youth Orchestra.