Membership in the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra is open to all interested students in grade 9 and above who qualify through the audition process. String students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in good standing in their school orchestra. Wind and percussion students must be members in good standing in their school band programs. Membership in the AYO program is contingent upon return of the membership acceptance form with the school orchestra/band director's signature verifying that the student is a member in good standing in the school orchestra/band program and payment of the tuition fee.
William Dick was the recipient of the 1994 Elizabeth Green Music Educator of the Year award from the American String Teachers' Association. He has also been named “Director of the Year” by the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and is the recipient of the Music of the Heart Educator Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. For twenty-seven years he was on the orchestra faculty of the Austin ISD. During that time he instituted the Fall Festival for Strings, the AISD Best of Class Solo Recital, and conducted the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has presented sessions and conducted at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conventions, the American String Teachers' Association Conventions, and at numerous state music conventions. Mr. Dick is a registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Since retiring from the Austin ISD, Mr. Dick has been on the faculties of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, the 'Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Ricky Pringle is the Director of Orchestras at McCallum High School. The enrollment of the orchestra has more than tripled orchestra during his time at McCallum High School. Under his baton, string ensembles consistently earn UIL Sweepstakes awards. Ricky Pringle with the McCallum High School orchestras have had several performances at some of our country’s best Concert Venues including The National Cathedral, the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Ricky Pringle studied double bass and holds Bachelor of Music and Music Education degrees from LSU in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Ricky Pringle continues to perform as a double bassist around Central Texas as well as maintaining a private studio of double bass students. Ricky Pringle appeared in the November 2012 issue of “Strad” Magazine.
The Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings of the fall and spring semesters, 7:00–9:00 P.M.