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Jimmie Herrod

December 28, 2023: Host Christa Wessel welcomes acclaimed vocalist Jimmie Herrod and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.


With “a voice like a beacon of hope” (Seattle Times), vocalist Jimmie Herrod brings singular power and expressivity to his globe-trotting career as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer on stage and screen. Herrod first came to worldwide prominence as a finalist on the NBC nationally broadcast television show, “America’s Got Talent,” earning the rare “Golden Buzzer” recognition from actress Sofia Vargara and returning the following year on the AGT All-Stars series.

As a solo artist, Herrod has appeared to critical and audience acclaim with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, and Oregon, including as a featured soloist for the globally televised PBS “Joni Mitchell Songbook” concert at The Kennedy Center with the NSO, where he shared the stage with musical luminaries like Renee Fleming, Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midon, and Aoife O’Donovan.

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With a foundational commitment to making music education accessible to all, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops and promotes 500 young musicians of all ages and levels of experience in a typical year. MYS is one of the nation’s largest youth orchestra programs, with students from 10 counties participating in 13 orchestral, string, band, percussion, and jazz ensembles. By providing theory classes, instrumental coaching in small groups, and opportunities to collaborate with performers across artistic disciplines, MYS seeks to develop the whole musician.

MYS provides a thriving tuition-free beginning strings program, as well as tuition assistance, loaner instruments, and fifteen concerts at Title 1 schools throughout Oregon and SW Washington. MYS ensembles reflect a broad diversity of cultures and life experiences while fostering a tight-knit community through collaboration, peer support, and self-expression. In response to rapid growth in the metropolitan area, MYS has established a satellite ensemble program in Hillsboro. Learn more at

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