Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra

Calling all young musicians! We invite you to join the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra (JYSO), an outstanding ensemble serving the Jackson County area. Our primary goal is to foster musical excellence by providing a platform for talented young musicians like you to showcase your skills, develop your artistic abilities, and participate in two concerts throughout the year. Our repertoire spans from classical masterpieces to contemporary works, allowing you to explore a diverse range of musical styles while refining your craft. With the guidance of accomplished mentors, you’ll receive expert instruction and support. Rehearsals start in the fall; however, you can join the orchestra at any time during the school year.

  • Musicians 7th – 12th grade
  • Rehearsals: Sundays 2 – 4 pm at Weatherwax Hall
  • Membership fee: $200 per year
  • Additional family members are $100
  • Students in year-long Private lesson at CMS receive free membership
  • Payment Plan Option: 8 months at $25/month
  • Financial aid available

2023-2024 Calendar

1st Semester
 September 11  JYSO Open House/Auditions  1-5pm
 September 17  Auditions  2-4pm
 September 24  First Regular Rehearsal  2-4pm
 October 1,8,15,22,29  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 November 5  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 November 19  Concert Warm Up  1:30-2:30pm
 November 19  Fall Concert  3:00 PM
2nd Semester
 January 14, 21, 28  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 February 4, 18, 25  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 March 3, 10 17  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 March 22  Side-by-Side Rehearsal w/JSO***  7:30 PM
 March 23  Side-by-Side Concert w/JSO***  7:30 PM
 April 7, 14  Regular Rehearsals  2-4pm
 April 21  Concert Warm-up  1:30-2:30pm
 April 21  Spring Concert  3:00 PM
 All events downtown at Weatherwax Hall unless marked
 *** At Jackson College Potter Center

Meet Our Faculty

Jed Fritzemeier


Since 2019, Jed has been the Director of the Community Music School and Director of Music Education for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. A performing bassist, Jed plays with the orchestra in addition to free-lancing throughout the area. He was a public school orchestra teacher for 34 years finishing his career for the Chelsea School District, Chelsea, Mi. Jed was Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan American String Teachers Association in 2008. In addition to the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, his performance credits include the Michigan Opera Theater, Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Racine Symphony, Racine, Wisconsin, South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and various festival orchestras, jazz ensembles, rock bands, polka bands since he was 15 years old.

Jasmine Hass

Assistant Director

Jasmine Hass is the French Horn teacher at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s Community Music School. Jasmine is the director of bands at Northwest Kidder Middle School, where she teaches beginners through third-year players and assists with the high school marching band. Jasmine attended Western Michigan University, where she double majored in Music Education and Horn Performance. Jasmine loves to travel, and has been to most of the US states and several international destinations, including China, South Africa, and several European countries. She currently resides in Jackson, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.