Dr. Ramiro Miranda, Conductor
The Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra convened for the first time in 1957 under the sponsorship of the Topeka Symphony Society and led by Mr. Robert Hallman. Its mission is to provide young musicians the opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra with their peers from high schools throughout northeast Kansas. Directed by Dr. Ramiro Miranda, the orchestra today consists of student musicians from the Topeka area and across northeast Kansas.


Carolyn Sandquist, Conductor
The Debut Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra were combined in 2020 to satisfy the needs of a growing number of young stringed instrument players. This ensemble is a string orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

Youth Ensembles — Fall 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes have been made to the Youth Ensembles program for the fall semester of 2020. Depending on the status of the pandemic, these changes may or may not be carried forward to the spring semester in 2021. Please check this page for updates. 

Debut Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic have been combined into one ensemble. 

Youth Orchestra will be a strings-only ensemble (violins, violas, cellos, and basses.) 

Any student musician who wants to participate this fall may do so without an audition. Simply complete the registration form and come to the first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 15 (details below.) Section and seating assignments will be determined during the first few rehearsals. 

Rehearsals will be held in the Parish Hall at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Avenue. 

  • Debut/Philharmonic will rehearse from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
  • Youth Orchestra will rehearse from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

All musicians need to provide their own music stand. A wire stand is acceptable. 

Masks are required and all musicians will be social distanced with only one musician per music stand. 


Fall 2020
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10
6:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Grace Cathedral 


Fall 2020
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10
To be announced 


Volunteer Sign Up

Debut Orchestra Snacks (coming soon)
Youth Philharmonic Snacks (coming soon)
Youth Orchestra Snacks (coming soon)
Fall Semester Volunteer Opportunities (coming soon)


For the 2020-2021 season, tuition has been reduced to $70 for each student in either of the Youth Ensembles. Tuition fees help cover the costs of the Youth Ensembles program including music purchase and rental, facilities rental, and conductor salaries. Tuition assistance is available for those families with a need.