Youth Music Education Programs

The Newport Symphony Orchestra is committed to bringing top quality music education to the students of Lincoln County with three different youth programs; Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast (NYSOC), Overture Strings (OS) and Family Strings (FS).

Newport Youth Symphony of the Oregon Coast

NYSOC is a full orchestra welcoming intermediate to advanced students and some select adults. Participants rehearse on Saturdays in the NHS Band Room through the school year culminating in two seasonal performances in May and December. The symphony is guided by NSO violinist, Barbara Wilcox, who brings her passion for teaching and musical talent. With the nominal yearly fee of $50, this program offers an unparalleled musical experience on the Oregon coast! Each participant receives a free ticket to each NSO concert. 

If you would like to join, please fill out the Youth Program Interest Form and contact the Youth Program Coordinator, at


Overture Strings

Overture Strings is the beginner's orchestra and is comprised of entry-level string players. Participants rehearse on Saturdays in the Band Room at NHS and perform with NYSOC in two seasonal performances a year, in May and December. Fees for this program are $50 a year and each participant gets a free ticket to each NSO concert!

If you would like to join, please fill out the Youth Program Interest Form and contact the Youth Program Coordinator, at

Family Strings

The Family Strings Program provides affordable and quality violin, viola, and cello instruction for Lincoln County students grades 3 through 12.

Each student entering the program receives an instrument for lessons and practice, one music lesson a week with a NSO approved instructor, a free ticket for a NSO concert (and a discount for an accompanying adult) and after a year of study the opportunity to join the Overture Strings ensemble. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lessons, demonstrate a sincere desire to learn an instrument, and practice in between lessons.

Fees for this program are unique to each instructor and financial assistance is available through the generous support of local businesses, individuals and foundations. For more details on fees please contact the youth program coordinator.

To learn more about our talented instructors, visit the Private Music Teachers Page. 

If you would like to join, please fill out the Youth Program Interest Form and contact the Youth Program Coordinator, at 

Music Education Outreach

Musician Visits to Local Schools
Having professional musicians visit music students in their classrooms is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain real world insights, inspiration and guidance on their personal music journey. NSO Music Director Adam Flatt, select NSO musicians, and many of the symphony’s guest soloists generously donate their time visiting Lincoln County schools when they are in Newport for concerts.  If you would like your class/school to be considered for such visits, please contact the NSO office.

Free Concerts
The NSO is committed to making live orchestral music experiences accessible to wide audiences by offering multiple free, family-friendly performance each year. Each spring, the Salem Youth Symphony visits the coast to perform for Lincoln County 3rd graders at the Performing Arts Center in an incredibly impactful show that has many young people inspired to begin their music journey! In May and December join us at Newport High School for an exhilarating performance by all the NSO's Youth Program participants and then come back in July to celebrate the 4th with a fun and energetic concert. 

These popular events are made possible by the generous support of Oregon Coast Bank, and other local business sponsors. Look for announcements of these and other free events on this website, by signing up for the newsletter or contacting the NSO office for more information.

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