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, growth, and development.


OUR ORCHESTRAS

Philharmonia
Adam Brown, conductor

Philharmonia continues string students' musical ensemble growth from their school orchestra programs and the Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO). The suggested grade level is 7-10 at the start of the school year. Philharmonia performs two concerts a year of music at the advanced middle school or early high school level. Students work with area professionals to prepare their music and further their skill development. Applicants should have at least two years of orchestra experience and/or one year in LYSO.

Specific proficiency levels for Philharmonia:
  • Violin/Viola:
    • Facility in 1st through 3rd positions (violins: familiarity with 4th and 5th positions)
    • Beginning vibrato
    • Proficient left and right hand technique
  • Cello/Bass: 
    • Facility in 1st through 3rd positions
    • Familiarity with 4th position
    • Beginning vibrato
    • Proficient left and right hand technique


Concert Orchestra
Greg Austin, conductor

Concert Orchestra was created to complete the continuum from LYSO to Youth Orchestra. Students continue their growth as they work on higher level repertoire, focusing on communication, collaboration, and expression while they refine their individual technique and ensemble skills. It is open to string students and the suggested level is 8th-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 orchestra experience and perform individually at an advanced high school level.

Specific proficiency levels for Concert Orchestra:
  • 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


Youth Orchestra: The Showcase Symphony
Dr. Mark Dupere, conductor

The full symphonic Youth Orchestra was founded in 1974 and is comprised of around 70 of our most experienced young musicians. Students in this orchestra are already highly accomplished players 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, 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.

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


For more information about our programs, please contact Marisol Kuborn, Youth Orchestra Executive Director
Email: marisol@foxvalleysymphony.com
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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