Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra

We are happy to announce a wonderful music making opportunity for young musicians for age 8-18.

Established in 2013, Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra offers unique, intense, productive, intimate music training program for the string instrument players. Our program is proud of offering smaller ensemble setting to develop the students’ musicianship and communication skills and  to make music thoughtfully with the  professional, experienced,
devoted,nurturing performing artists and teachers in the region.

 

Audition: Sunday September 8, 2019 at 7pm

Please submit online application if you are interested in joining the orchestra.

Please email us at pennyouthorchestra@gmail if you have any  question. 

All students must be enrolled in private lessons

Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra: 9th-12th grade

Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra offers uniquely intense, intimate and  productive music training for elite high school string players. The students learn major chamber music repertoire with renowned faculty.  Mendelssohn String Octet is programmed this season.   Directors would like to prepare the  core members for music festivals and competitions. There are  2 openings for the core violins, 1 in cello and viola currently.

(Violin/Viola/Cello)

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats ( 3 octaves)
Piece: two contrasting movements of a solo work, concerto, or sonata
Sight read music provided in the audition

1st violin (limited to 6 members)

2nd violin (limited to 6 members)

viola (limited to 6 members)

Cello (limited to 6 members)

Pennsylvania Youth Strings: 6th-9th grade

(Violin/Viola/Cello and Bass)

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats
Piece: two contrasting movements of a solo work, concerto, or sonata ( Suzuki book 4 or equivalent)
Sight read music provided in the audition

(limited to 6 members each section)

Bass (limited to 2 members)

Pennsylvania Junior Strings: 5th-6th grade

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats (2 octave)
piece: one solo piece of your choice
Sight read music provided in the audition

(limited to 6 members each section)

Pennsylvania Petit Ensemble: 3rd-5th grade

Audition Requirements:
Scale: major scales up to 2 sharps and 2 flats (1-2 octave)
piece: one solo piece of your choice
Sight read music provided in the audition

*Exceptions made with grades, and abilities of some superior students

Rehearsal  Location:

Villa Maria Academy High School
The Marian Center Auditorium
370 Central Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355
 

Rehearsal  Time:

Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra/Youth Strings/Youth Violin & Cello: Sundays @ 6:30–8:15PM
Petit Ensemble:Sundays @ 6:30–8PM

Fall Semester meets on Sunday evenings: Sept 29,2019 through Dec. 15,2019 ( no rehearsals on October 13, December 1)

Spring Semester meets on Sunday evenings: February 9,2020 through  May 3,2020 ( no rehearsal on March 29,April 5, 12)  *Snow day make up March 29

Tuition : $375 Each Semester

Please Mail the check to :
Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra
P.O. Box 721
Paoli  PA 19301

Please contact : PennYouthOrchestra@gmail.com or call  215-253-9040

WHAT PARENTS and Students ARE SAYING

The Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra was a great learning experience for me. The student to teacher ratio is perfect, and I feel that the musical skills of each student have really improved due to the focus and attention the instructors pay to each student. ​The atmosphere is very cozy and pleasant. During my time in the ensemble, my confidence in playing skills has grown tremendously​, and I feel that I can say the same for others as well.–Eva, member of Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra ( intense high school program)

We have been attending the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra for several years! My daughter has gained so much experience and improved her playing skills dramatically under the diligently guidance of the Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra’s teachers. It certainly helps students to prepare for higher level orchestra and, more importantly, they enjoy being part of it. Thank you for everything.