Youth Orchestra Program

The Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC)

School-aged music students from the Oregon coast rehearse and perform together throughout the year in two new NSO-sponsored youth orchestras. The youth orchestras are co-coordinated and led by NSO violinists Kathy Follett and Barbara Wilcox, with help from other NSO string musicians and area instructors. The beginners’ orchestra, the Overture Strings, is comprised of entry-level string players. The Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC) is the full orchestra that includes intermediate and advanced string students, as well as youth woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Both orchestras are joined by selected adults who are at a similar performing level, as well as a few more experienced adult musicians. These lifelong learners help fill out the orchestra, and demonstrate that it’s never too late to learn to play a new instrument. If you would like to join, please contact Melody Lavrakas at 541-574-0899.


Kathy Follett conducts the youth orchestra in rehearsal

NYSOC 2016 – 2017 Season

The NYSOC season for 2016-2017 extends from September through May and includes young musicians in grade 4 to high school who rehearse together along with their adult accompanists. Under the direction of their two dynamic conductors, Kathy Follett (NYSOC) and Barbara Wilcox (Overture Strings) these inspiring musicians give a public Winter Concert on December 17 and a Spring Concert on May 6.







2016- 2017 Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport unless otherwise noted.

NYSOC will meet on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Overture Strings will meet from 4:00 – 6:00 pm



January 14, 21

February 11, 25

March 4, 11, 18

April 1, 15, 22

May 6

Saturday May 6 Concert Performance 7:00 pm