Registration for the 23/24 season is now closed. Check back in Spring 2024 for more information about joining for the 24/25 academic season.
Rehearsal Day & Time: Mondays from 6:15 – 8:30pm
Location: MLK Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville.
Program Start: September 11, 2023
Program End: Monday, May 20, 2023
Description: Youth Symphony is our advanced full-symphony orchestra founded in 1978. The ensemble consists of approximately 50-60 advanced youth musicians performing original orchestral masterworks. Audition required.
Foster Beyers, Conductor
James Tobin, Assistant Conductor
Annual Tuition Fee: $575.
Prospective musicians must perform a live or video audition with the following solo selections and scales to be admitted to Youth Symphony. String players can re-join each year with no audition after the initial audition and acceptance. Due to the small number of available seats, winds, brass and percussion students must re-audition each year to participate.
Strings, Woodwinds, & Brass: Please prepare two contrasting pieces or orchestral excerpts which demonstrate your musicality, tone, and technical skill. Each solo selection should be no more than two minutes in length.
Please prepare two etudes of your choice on snare drum.
Then, demonstrate the following:
Long roll (concert-style) – pp<FF->pp
Violin: D major & A melodic minor, 3 octaves
Viola: G major & D melodic minor, 3 octaves
Cello: E major & G melodic minor, 3 octaves
Bass: F major & A melodic minor, 2 octave minimum or as many octaves as possible
Flutes: C major & Db major, as many octaves as possible
Clarinets: E major & Db major, as many octaves as possible
Trumpets: B major & Ab major, 2 octaves
Oboe: Eb major & D major, 2 octaves
Bassoon: Bb major & A major, as many octaves as possible
French Horn: Gb major & A major, 2 octaves
Trombones: A major & Gb major, 2 octaves
Tuba: A major and Gb major, 2 octaves