About

The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony offers four string ensembles, spanning beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The groups rehearse weekly on Sundays from August to May, with regular concerts throughout Central Florida.

To get the audition materials, rehearsal times and location, and other information, please click the group.

  • Concertino – a group for beginning strings players to gain experience
  • Intermezzo– intermediate level ensemble for growing musicians
  • Repertory – intermediate/ advanced group for developing players
  • Symphony – advanced level ensemble for highly skilled musicians

Meet the conductors, check out the student calendar, concert schedule, and other opportunities, and get the details on how to join.

The MAYS is not only a place for students to learn and perform top-notch orchestral music, but it is also a place for forming lifelong friendships, building confidence, working as a team, and so much more. 

A bit of our history

The Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony was created to continue the legacy of its inspiration, Mr. Jonathan May.

Since 1984, Mr. May followed his dream of bringing a well-rounded music education to thousands of young students in the Central Florida community.  After his passing in 2010, his wife Maureen May, daughter Emily (May) Costa, and close friend Michael Miller founded this orchestra program to honor and further Mr. May’s life’s mission.

For more about Mr. May and how to help continue his legacy and work, please visit JonathanMayFoundation.org.

Where we are today

Now over 10 years since its founding, the MAYS features four orchestras of students coming from all areas of Central Florida spanning beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels, as well as a variety of additional opportunities.

Today, the MAYS programs are conducted by Ms. Maureen May and Dr. Mauricio Cespedes, whose combined guidance inspires and educates our young musicians every note of the way.

If you are just getting to know us, please contact us, come to a concert, check out a rehearsal, or just go ahead audition to join us.