The Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra (SMYO) recruits, trains and rehearses youth from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. It is the only auditioned, regional symphonic youth orchestra within 90 miles of Kingsport. Weekly rehearsals for SMYO are held on Sundays at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Membership to Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra is obtained by audition each year. Student musicians in grades 12 and under are invited to apply. The Symphony of the Mountains Primo Orchestra (strings only) introduces student musicians to ensemble playing and techniques, and serves as a preparatory setting for Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra. The Youth Orchestra annually performs three free concerts: The Fall Youth Orchestra concert for the general public, the Youth for Youth concert, and the Spring Youth Orchestra concert. The Symphony of the Mountains Youth Orchestra is conducted by Ross Bader. The Symphony of the Mountains Primo Orchestra is conducted by Wendy Royston. Youth Orchestra Manager/Librarian is Patty Denmark.