Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)

September 24, 2012 - December 3, 2012


Tuition:

$230 / semester or $437/fall & spring semesters


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This orchestra challenges musicians to a high performance level while experiencing a rich symphonic repertoire. Intensive rehearsals develop high listening, technical and ensemble skills. This impressive orchestra has performed in Australia and Toronto, and was one of the Middle level orchestra to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

Youth Orchestra Program

The AA-SPA Youth Orchestra Program offers a comprehensive sequence of developmental ensembles that prepare young musicians for membership in advanced high school orchestras. The goal of that program is to nurture musicianship and foster in orchestral playing.

Highlights

• A dedicated, enthusiastic and highly accomplished team of teachers
• Three orchestra levels with a pre-reading preparatory ensemble class
• Two annual performances at the historic Michigan Theatre
• Instrument enrichment classes with local, professional musicians
• A retreat to foster skills and build “esprit de corps”
• A lifetime of musical and personal memories

Audition Eligibility

The AA-SPA Youth Orchestra Program welcomes students who meet these eligibility criteria:
• Violin, viola, cello, and double bass students in grades 2-12 with at least one year of experience on their instrument
• Woodwind, brass and percussion players in grades 6-12 with at least two years of experience on their instrument
• To maintain eligibility for AA-SPA Youth Orchestra Program membership, students must concurrently participate in their school music program if one is offered.
• Students are not required but are strongly encouraged to take private lessons to help master their orchestra music and guide their overall musical development.

 

Audition Requirements

Strings:

1) D, G, and C major scales in the number of octaves (1, 2, or 3) that represents your current level of playing, played forte in quarter notes at quarter note = 60
2) A prepared solo (without accompaniment) of your choice that represents your current level of playing. Maximum length 5 minutes. If your solo piece is longer than 5 minutes, please choose an excerpt from the solo to play.
3) Sight reading - You will be given one or two short sight reading passages suitable to the level of development you display in your prepared materials.
 

Woodwinds and Brass:

1) Eb, D, and A (concert pitch) major scales and arpeggios in the number of octaves (1 or 2) that represents your current level of playing, played in quarter notes at quarter note = 72
2) A prepared solo (without accompaniment) of your choice that represents your current level of playing. Maximum length 5 minutes. If your solo piece is longer than 5 minutes, please choose an excerpt from the solo to play.
3) Sight reading - You will be given one or two short sight reading passages.
 

Percussion: Student percussionists with at least two years of experience can audition for the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Students must audition on at least two of these three instruments:

• Snare drum— A prepared solo (without accompaniment) or band/orchestra excerpt of your choice that represents your current level of playing
• Xylophone — D and Eb major scales in quarter notes at quarter note = 120 and a prepared solo (without accompaniment) or band/orchestra excerpt of your choice that represents your current level of playing
• Timpani— A prepared solo (without accompaniment) or band/orchestra excerpt of your choice that represents your current level of playing
Sight reading - You will be given one or two short sight reading passages.
A snare drum, xylophone and a set of four timpani will be available both at the audition site. Students may only audition on the instruments listed above. Students must bring their own mallets and sticks. You will have a total of 10 minutes for the audition. If the total length of your solo pieces is more than 10 minutes, please choose excerpts from the solo pieces to play.

 

Audition Placement
Qualified students will be offered placement in the appropriate ensemble based on the skills and experience level demonstrated in the audition. The audition committee will strive to offer every student a placement that will promise a challenging and appropriate experience in the program.


Woodwind, brass, and percussion students will be placed in the Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) based on the number of positions available for each instrument. String students will be placed in one of the three orchestras based on the audition results.

All musicians auditioning must sign up with the AA-SPA office prior to the auditions by calling (734) 213-2000.

 

Rehearsal and Performance Calendar

All orchestras rehearse weekly on Mondays at Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Rehearsals for all orchestras begin on Monday, September 24. The weekly schedule is as follows:

Junior String Orchestra:   5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sterling String Orchestra:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Youth Symphony Orchestra:  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

Other Important Dates:

A complete calendar with specific information for each orchestra will be mailed with the audition results.

 

Retreat

October 27, 9am-4pm
Youth Orchestra Program students will take part in an all-day retreat held at Clague Middle School. Students participate in rehearsals, sectionals, team-building and enrichment activities. It is a wonderful time to build relationships, bond and have fun together!

 

School Participation Policy

AA-SPA programs exist to enrich and support school music programs. Unless an appropriate music class is not offered, AA-SPA school aged students are expected to enroll in an ensemble or music class at their academic school. Music teachers at each school will be informed of their students enrollment in ensembles at AA-SPA.  

Event Date(s)

September 24, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 1, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 8, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 15, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 22, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

October 29, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

November 5, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

November 12, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

November 19, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

November 26, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm

December 3, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm