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.

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
Mark Dupere is Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, where he is the Director of Orchestral Studies. A native of Arizona, he studied cello with Phyllis Young at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to the Netherlands to complete his cello studies with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University with Kevin Noe.

As a cellist, Dupere was a 'New Young Artist' at the Victoria Bach Festival, performed in the Leipzig Bach Competition, and was an apprentice with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London. He performed with many groups throughout Europe and gave masterclasses throughout Europe and the USA. Dupere has performed on BBC Radio and Arte TV and has made numerous recordings. These include discs of Debussy, Ravel and Mussorgsky with Anima Eterna Brugge, Marcello Psalms with Voces8 and Les Inventions (FR) and a recording of the complete chamber works of Locatelli with Ensemble Violini Capricciosi (NL) for Brilliant Classics.

After many years of performing as a professional cellist, Dupere decided to pursue his great passion for conducting and directing. He was a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival in 2015 and is the Co-Musical Director of the Musica Redemptor Orchestra (Austin, TX), a period instrument ensemble made up of international musicians. He has conducted the Haydn Orchestra (The Hague, NL), the Choir of St John and St Philip in The Hague (NL), the Cypress Symphony (Houston), the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan State University Concert Orchestra. Mark enjoys conducting various honor orchestras around the country and most recently, he has been named a National Semi-Finalist in the American Prize for Conducting.

Dupere is a passionate educator and hopes to impart a love of music-making and active engagement with audiences in the performance of music from all periods. His areas of research have included: tempo rubato in Romantic chamber music, and pedagogical approaches to teaching period performance concepts in the modern music academy.


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.

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.

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 '99, the Fox Valley Symphony Philharmonia conductor, currently teaches orchestra at Green Bay East High School and beginning instrumental music at several Green Bay elementary schools. 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 has played in orchestras and chamber groups throughout northeastern Wisconsin, including the Symphony Orchestras of Fox Valley, Green Bay, Green Bay Civic, Oshkosh, Beaver Dam, and the Weidner Philharmonic. 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 and son.
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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