About The YSO

The YSO exists to share our passion for music through innovative programming, creative collaboration, and arts advocacy. We actively contribute to the music appreciation and education of our musicians, organizational members and audience.


The genesis for the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra began after Ypsi Pride Day in 1998, when
founding Music Director Adam C. Riccinto, and violinist Martha Kerns started chatting about the
idea. They both felt there was a need for musicians to develop their skills, as well as offer
quality orchestral music to the community. They each agreed to call some musician friends they
knew and get the group together to explore the possibilities. These intrepid musicians met at
Abe’s Coney Island over hotdogs, and together laid out a plan for contacting other local players,
to find out if they were interested in participating. Within three weeks, they had recruited an
orchestra. The vision became a reality when the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra was
incorporated as a non-profit in 1999.

Get Involved: Support the YSO

You, too, can enjoy the satisfaction of bringing the joy of orchestral music to the community. The YSO takes its fiscal responsibilities seriously by keeping costs down, working with foundations and corporations on grant awards, and collaborating with local sponsors to assist with concert expenses. The YSO also counts on listeners and local music lovers to help raise the funds needed to bring this community the best orchestral music possible.

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