About the West Michigan Youth Symphony

The mission of the West Michigan Youth Symphony (WMYS) is to provide musical training through challenging orchestra performance experiences that complement school and community music programs in West Michigan. The WMYS is committed to nurturing young musicians (6th grade through sophomore in college) with creative and unique performance and educational opportunities not otherwise available to them.


The WMYS is part of the West Michigan Symphony. The Youth Symphony comprises 60-70 young musiciansfrom over 20 area schools as well as home school students.


WMYS Music Director Daniel M. Meyers
Daniel M. Meyers begins his sixth season as Conductor and Music Director of the West Michigan Youth Symphony. He is also Professor of Music and Director of Music at Muskegon Community College where he conducts the college Wind Ensemble, Activities Band, instructs classes in conducting, music theory and humanities and has served as the Music Director at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Ludington, MI for the past 18 years. Maestro Meyers is an active lecturer, clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the state of Michigan. He is a native of Manistee, MI and studied conducting with the late Elizabeth Green while attending the University of Michigan. He also studied at Central Michigan University and the Vandercook College of Music. Meyers resides in Norton Shores his wife Melissa who is a professional cellist, Chair of Music in the Grand Haven Public Schools and director of the Grand Haven High School Orchestras and their daughters Danielle, Ariana and Elaina.


• Eligible Students may earn college credit from Muskegon Community College as a member.

• All WMYS members receive a West Michigan Symphony ID card allowing them to attend any WMS regularly scheduled concert for FREE during the WMS concert season.

• Volunteer activities and event opportunities with the West Michigan Symphony!


To reach the WMYS contact Gabe Slimko, WMYS Operations Manager at gslimko@westmichigansymphony.org