About Us


The Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra remains an affiliated group of the Bakersfield Symphony, operating under its board of directors with able assistance from manager Brent Williams, parents, symphony coaches, and private teachers. The talented Maxim Eshkenazy conducts this prestigious group of young musicians in three concerts per season. Funding is provided by corporate and private contributions, player tuition, and ticket sales. The Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra has toured extensively including places such as Japan, England, Scotland, and South Korea. 

The Main Players


Maxim Eshkenazy



“Talented and engaging,” “charismatic and exciting,” “energetic and intelligent,” “conductor who orchestrates with complete confidence and attention” – these are some of the statements used by the press to describe Maxim Eshkenazy. Defined as a rising star in the contemporary generation of young conductors, Maxim strives to bring larger audiences to the music halls and promote the values of orchestral music.

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Regina Pryor



Regina Pryor is a veteran of the Bakersfield music education community and an advocate and board member of numerous organizations. With over thirty years teaching in the Panama Buena Vista Union School District, Regina has been president of KCMEA, on the board of The Bakersfield Sister City Project, and most recently, President of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra.


Brent Williams


Brent is local music educator, freelance trumpet player, and education advocate, engaging students in his classroom, performing with a variety of groups across California and the United States, and managing the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. Formerly a member of the BYSO, Brent is passionate about bringing quality music education to Kern County.