Youth Symphony
Mr. Nicolas Carr, Interim Conductor

The Youth Symphony was formed in 1957. The goal was to provide educational and performance opportunities for youth in Topeka and Northeast Kansas and to encourage talented young musicians to pursue their musical interests.

Recent Repertoire

Fall 2023
– Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
– Artemis Rising by Jeffery Bishop
– Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op.21, Mvt I, by Ludwig van Beethoven
– Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, Mvt I, by Antonin Dvorak

Topeka Youth Orchestras


Youth Symphony

The Youth Symphony is a full symphonic orchestra welcoming players of all traditional band and orchestra instruments. Students in this ensemble should be advanced players looking to grow their musical knowledge and ability. This orchestra will perform traditional orchestral repertoire and also offer the opportunity to play alongside area professionals.

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Nicolas Carr

Interim Director and Conductor

Nicolas is the Director of Choral Studies for Shawnee Heights Public Schools, Tecumseh, Kansas.  He holds a Master of Music Education, Choral Conducting emphasis from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Washburn University.

Nicolas has 20 years of experience directing a variety of musical groups including strings, band, handbells, choral groups (secular and religious), musical theater, and barbershop groups. He is gifted at making music theory, conducting, music history, and instrumental/vocal techniques accessible to all ages.

Nicolas’ primary instruments are trumpet and voice (baritone). In his free time, he enjoys singing, playing trumpet, and ringing handbells locally. Nicolas, his wife, and their two sons live in Topeka, Kansas.


Tuesdays from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
White Concert Hall Stage

Concert Schedule

Fall 2023 Rehearsal Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, (10/31 – NO REHEARSAL), 11/7, 11/14, 11/19
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, Nov. 19, at White Concert Hall – time TBA
Concert: Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM, at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka 66621.
Wrap-up Rehearsal: TBA

Spring 2024 Rehearsal Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, (3/12 – NO REHEARSAL), 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/7
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, Apr. 7, at White Concert Hall – time TBA
Concert: Sunday, Apr. 7, 3:00 PM, at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka 66621.
Wrap-up Rehearsal: TBA

**Students may not miss more than 2 rehearsals per concert cycle**


Due before the rehearsal on Jan. 16, 2024

Youth Symphony: $120/yr or $70/semester

After the audition and acceptance into one of the youth orchestras, use the link below to pay tuition.

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Tuition fees help cover the costs of the Youth Orchestras program including music purchase and rental, facilities rental, and conductor salaries.