Youth Chamber Orchestra (YCO)

YCO violinists

 

The Youth Chamber Orchestra is our entry-level ensemble. It's a strings-only group, so we accept players of violin, viola, cello, bass, and (as you can see!) harp.

We recommend a minimum of one year of private lessons for YCO members, though we are open to all options. It's worth auditioning if you think you are ready!

Generally players in this orchestra would be studying the music listed in levels 1 and 2 on this competition website: miltonyoungmusicians. You can check the repertoire listed for each of the instruments listed above. 

This is a group dedicated to having fun while learning to play happily together. 

 

Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)

Flutists in the YSO

 

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is a full symphonic ensemble that performs challenging orchestral repertoire (not arrangements). This orchestra includes not just the strings listed above, but also flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and percussion. 

Generally players in this orchestra would be studying the music listed in levels 3 and 4 on this competition website: miltonyoungmusicians. You can check the repertoire listed for each of the instruments listed above. Accommodations can be made for young wind and brass players who want the orchestra experience and can't join the strings-and-flutes-only YCO, so go ahead and audition--see what happens! It's worth a try!
 

 

Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO)

Tenor Scott Piper rehearsing with the YPO

 

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is our premiere ensemble, performing at least three concerts per year of exciting orchestral repertoire. In past years the YPO has performed Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, several Shostakovich symphonies, the Mahler Symphony No. 1, Resphighi's Pines of Rome, Copland's El Salon Mexico, and a huge selection of opera literature, including Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel...the list goes on and on!

Generally players in this orchestra would be studying the music listed in levels 5 and 6 on this competition website: miltonyoungmusicians. You can check the repertoire listed for each of the instruments that make up the orchestra. We do occasionally have a use for someone who can double on saxophone...