Merger Announcement

To the audience members, musicians, conductors, parents, board members, and the Saybrook College Office, thank you for 18 years of your time and dedication. Because of you, we have been able to unite musicians from all over the Yale and New Haven communities through our social culture, our concerto competition, and our educational concert.

In the interest of continuing to adhere to these values, we are thrilled to announce that we will be merging with Berkeley College Orchestra at the start of the next academic year!

Although the merged orchestra will retain the name Berkeley College Orchestra, the orchestra will maintain SYO’s legacy and contributions to Yale’s musical community through the following changes:
1. The merged orchestra will hold an annual concerto competition called the Saybrook Concerto Competition.

2. The merged orchestra will organize an annual educational concert called the Saybrook Educational Concert.*

3. BCO’s chamber ensemble program, Berkeley Chamber Players (BCP), will be renamed to Berkeley-Saybrook Chamber Players (BSCP) and will continue to be open to all interested musicians.

With these changes, we hope to extend musical opportunities to more people in Yale and New Haven together more than what either of us could do alone.

The SYO website and facebook page have been updated to reflect the merger but will become inactive at the end of this academic year, so make sure to like and follow BCO’s facebook page for updates on the upcoming 42nd season. We can’t wait!

*If you are an educator and would like your school to participate in the educational concert, please message Berkeley College Orchestra or contact co-presidents Alex Brod ( and Héctor Hernandez (


The Saybrook College Orchestra is the only orchestra at Yale University that remains deeply committed to educational and community outreach. We believe that music is a universal source of joy, and each year, we try to share our music with as many people as possible. Visit the Saybrook College Orchestra YouTube Channel to see and hear what SYO is all about!

2017-2018 Season Concerts

Fall Concert

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Battell Chapel, 4:30 pm

Educational Concert

Monday April 30, 2018
Woolsey Hall, 10:00 am


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