Orchestra auditions take place in May of each year for the following academic year. For audition information, click here.

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)

David Loebel, Music Director

Hugh Wolff, Resident Conductor

Touring ensemble: Summer 2015 tour. Open by audition to highly advanced pre-college players. Admission to YPO is extremely selective. Students placed in YPO generally play at a level which will guarantee them admission to selective conservatories. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YPO are in grades 10-12. Younger college-age players are sometimes invited to fill vacancies due to the absence of qualified pre-college players.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 3:10 - 6:00 PM

Youth Symphony (YS)

Steven Karidoyanes, conductor

Touring ensemble: Summer 2015 tour. Open by audition to advanced players. Admission to YS is very selective. Students placed in YS generally play with a high level of musicality and technical mastery, are comfortable playing complete concertos from all stylistic periods, and have significant prior orchestral and chamber music experience. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YS are in grades 10-12.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 3:15 - 6:00 PM

Youth Repertory Orchestra (YRO)

Jane Ezbicki, conductor

Open by audition to upper intermediate to advanced players. Students placed in YRO generally play with good intonation and tone quality, a variety of dynamics, and are comfortable carrying their part independently while blending with the ensemble. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of YRO are in grades 8-11.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Junior Repertory Orchestra (JRO)

Adam Grossman, conductor

Open by audition to intermediate strings, winds, horns, and trumpet players. Students placed in JRO generally play with fluidity, have a developed vibrato, and are comfortable playing three-octave scales and arpeggios. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of JRO are in grades 8-9.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO)

Marta Zurad, conductor

Open by audition to early intermediate string players. Students placed in PSO are comfortable shifting and playing fast passagework. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of PSO are in grades 6-8.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 8:30 - 10:00 AM

8 O’Clock String Training Orchestra (STO8)

Peter Jarvis, conductor

Open by audition to advanced beginner string players. Students placed in the 8 O’Clock STO have mastered basic technical aspects of playing the instrument, can read music proficiently, are comfortable in some upper positions, and have often had previous ensemble experience. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of the 8 O’Clock STO are in grades 4-7.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

9 O’Clock String Training Orchestra (STO9)

Peter Jarvis, conductor

Open by audition to beginning string players. Students placed in the 9 O’Clock STO have mastered basic technical aspects of playing the instrument, can read music, and have generally studied their instrument for at least 2-3 years. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of the 9 O’Clock STO are in grades 3-5.

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Rehearsals – Saturday 9:00 - 10:00 AM

String Chamber Orchestra (SCO)

Peter Jarvis, conductor

Open to advanced string players. Students placed in SCO generally play with a high level of musicality and technical mastery, and are comfortable playing complete concertos. While orchestral assignments are made by level, not age, most members of SCO are in grades 10-12.

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Rehearsals – Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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