Mission
The Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra Program (YO) provides young people with quality ensemble music education, ensemble performance opportunities with high standards, and encourages personal discipline and dedication, advancing the critical links among music study, academic achievement and positive growth and development.


Youth Orchestra: The Showcase Symphony
Our full orchestra was founded in 1974 and serves 90 students on average. Students in this orchestra are already highly accomplished musicians and are now ready to focus primarily on the nuances of music. They play professional-level music and enter with a strong drive to play orchestral music with discipline and a high-level of musicality. It is open to string, woodwind brass and percussion students and the suggested level is 9-12th grade by September 1st of the new school year. Applicants should have several years of band or orchestra experience and perform individually at an advanced high school or pre-college level. Students receive regular sectional coaching by professional musicians.

Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements

Specific proficiency levels for entry:
  • Violin/Viola:
    • Facility in advanced positions
    • Established vibrato
    • Violists should have knowledge of treble clef
  • Cello:
    • Facility in 1st - thumb position
    • Established vibrato
    • Knowledge of tenor clef and acquaintance with treble clef
  • String Bass:
    • Facility in half-thumb position
    • Knowledge of tenor clef
Recently appointed to the music faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Dr. Andres Moran serves as the director of the UWSP Symphony Orchestra and artist/teacher of horn. From 2009 to 2016, Moran was the Resident Conductor of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director and General Manager of the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras.

A highly sought-after clinician and conductor, Moran has served on the conducting staffs of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colorado, and the prestigious Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Moran holds degrees from Indiana University (Doctorate of Music, Instrumental Conducting), Southern Methodist University (Master of Music, Orchestral Conducting and Horn Performance), and New Mexico State University (Bachelor of Music Education). Moran's principal conducting teachers are David Effron, Arthur Fagen, and Paul C. Phillips.

An accomplished horn player, Moran is the principal horn of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the Sarasota Music Festival.


Concert Orchestra: The Growth Orchestra
Students are stretched to grow further as musicians. They continue to work on discipline, commitment and increasingly difficult repertoire. It is open to string students and the suggested level is 8-12th grade by September 1st of the new school year. Concert Orchestra performs orchestral literature at the standard to upper high school level and members receive regular sectional coaching on the repertoire. Applicants should have three or more years of orchestral experience and perform individually at an advanced high school level.

Concert Orchestra Audition Requirements

Specific proficiency levels for entry:
  • Violin/Viola:
    • Facility in 1st through 5th position
    • Developing vibrato
    • Violists should have knowledge of treble clef
  • Cello:
    • Facility in 1st through 4th position
    • Acquaintance with thumb position
    • Developing vibrato
    • Acquaintance with tenor clef
  • String Bass:
    • Facility in half-thumb position
Greg Austin, conductor of Concert Orchestra and former longtime conductor of Philharmonia, currently teaches orchestra at Roosevelt Middle School and Edison, Columbus, and Franklin Elementary Schools in the Appleton Area School District. Previous to working in Appleton, he taught orchestra classes at all levels in the Menasha Joint School District. He attended UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison, where he received a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education. While at UW-Madison he received the Richard C. Church award for outstanding student in music education, as well as working for the Wisconsin Youth Symphonies as music librarian and chamber music coach. Mr. Austin serves as Assistant Principal Second Violin for the Green Bay Symphony. He has also performed as a member of the Madison Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, where he served as Principal Second Violin for many summer seasons.


Philharmonia: The Beginning Orchestra
Students are introduced to the orchestral experience and repertoire. They learn to come together and work on a level of classical repertoire that is supplementary to the school setting. It is open to string students and the suggested level is 7-10th grade by September 1st of the new school year. Philharmonia performs music for string orchestra at the high school and advanced middle school level. The members receive regular sectional coaching on the repertoire. Applicants should have two years of orchestra experience and perform individually at a standard high school or advanced middle school level. We recommend that students first participate in the ASTRO string ensemble through the Lawrence Academy of Music.

Philharmonia Audition Requirements

Specific proficiency levels for entry:
  • Ability to use all parts of the bow
  • Good hand position and mobility of fingers
  • Produce a clean, clear sounds with a centered pitch
  • Solid tone production-beginning vibrato or readiness to begin vibrato
  • Control of bow in different articulation styles (staccato, spiccato, legato, etc.)
  • Facility in 3rd position is required (up to 5th for 1st violins)
Adam Brown, currently teaches orchestra at Green Bay East High School, and cello through East's Fine Arts Institute. He received his Bachelor's degree from Lawrence University, and his Master's degree from Northwestern University, both in music education. Mr. Brown is a past cello section coach of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth and Concert Orchestras. He plays cello in the Civic Symphony of Green Bay and the Heritage String Quartet, and has played in the Symphony Orchestras of Fox Valley, Green Bay, Oshkosh, and Beaver Dam. Mr. Brown is an active adjudicator for the Wisconsin School Music Association and has served as cello section coach for the WSMA High School State Honors Orchestra. He lives in Appleton with his wife Julie, and their son Sebastian.


Tuition and Fees
Annual tuition is $400 for Youth Orchestra, $350 for Concert Orchestra and $300 for Philharmonia. Financial assistance is available.

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