Youth Music Programs

Our program mission is engage youth of Greater Kitsap County in orchestral and ensemble experiences marked by educational excellence. Our youth musicians range from age ten to 18. Participating youth explore orchestral and ensemble music with future friends and community members, and develop greater proficiency, stage presence, teamwork, and increased abilities to focus and problem solve. Fall 2019-20 ensembles include a chamber group under direction of Tigran Arakelyan, a jazz group and big band under direction of Derick Polk, and a new rock band! Our next round of auditions takes in September. To join, submit paperwork (PDFs below) and a $25 placement audition fee (new members only) and we will contact you with an audition time. Returning musicians do not need to audition but must complete a form. Learn more & download form

Scholarship Forms

Scholarships are available to families in financial need. Although typically reserved for those who qualify for free and reduced lunch programs, special exceptions may be made. To apply, please complete a form.

Audition Materials

Advanced – StringsWinds/Brass/Percussion
Intermediate –  Strings, Winds/Brass/Percussion
Jazz Ensemble- Jazz Ensemble Grades 6-8, Jazz Ensemble Grades 9-12

Call if you have questions about which piece to play for your audition!

Member Page
Parents: need to make a payment? Use this portal.
Brunch with Bach item donation form

Music Camps

Pursue your musical passion through two week-long, small group intensive camps, led by Music Director Tigran Arakelyan. Camps take place in July and January, and conclude with a community concert. Learn more

About the Music Director

Tigran Arakelyan joins us as Music Director of Bremerton Youth Symphony beginning in our 2018-19 season. Armenian-American Music Director and Conductor of Port Townsend Community Orchestra, Federal Way Youth Symphony, and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, Mr. Arakelyan was previously the assistant conductor of Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Northridge Youth Philharmonic, and the associate conductor of Rainier Symphony. For three seasons he was a Senior Conducting Fellow with California Philharmonic, comprised of musicians from LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, and other professional orchestras.

Mr. Arakelyan was also a prize winner in The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and at the Global Music Awards. Learn more about Mr. Arakelyan on his website.

About the Jazz Director

Derick Polk is a retired navy musician who has performed around the world. He has also performed with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Clark Terry.  Derick currently performs with various artists through out the greater Seattle area and currently is a member of Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. Derick has a Bachelor of Arts in Music theory from DePaul University and a Music Education Degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Mr. Polk currently works a substitute teacher in the Kitsap County school districts.