Developing Strong Orchestral Musicians and Life Long Lovers of Music
The TYO offers orchestral ensembles designed for students of varying levels of playing ability. Additionally, the TYO is home to several chamber music groups. All students are responsible for providing their own instruments.
Mr. Will Whitehead | Sunday, 12:45-2:15 | $400 (2022-23)
Designed for intermediate-string students. The focus is on intermediate techniques, refined ensemble playing, and the exploration of different musical style periods. Students should be comfortable reading and playing music in the first position in the keys of D, G, and C major. Open to all ages. (Audition Information)
Comparable levels: ASTA grade level 1.5-2.5 or FOA DS string orchestra literature. More specific information is available here [link to document]
Dr. Kasia Bugaj| Sunday, 2:15-4:00 | $500 (2022-23)
Intermediate to advanced string students learn and refine upper-level skills such as spiccato and vibrato. Intermediate to advanced literature is emphasized. Students should be comfortable reading and playing music in first and third positions (with the addition of fourth position for cello, and one-half through fourth position for double bass). Students should also have mastered vibrato through the basic ranges of their instrument, and the production of a variety of dynamics and tone colors.
Comparable levels: ASTA grade level 2.5-3.5 or FOA CS string orchestra literature. More specific information is available here [link to document]
TYO Symphony Orchestra
Mr. Chris Miller | Sunday, 2:00-4:00 | $600 (2022-23)
A full orchestral ensemble including strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion that performs orchestral literature at the highest level. Students should be comfortable reading and playing music in the practical range of their instrument. Students should also be able to maintain characteristic tone through all dynamic ranges and a wide variety of tone colors.
Comparable levels: ASTA grade level 4-5.5 or FOA AF full orchestra literature. More specific information is available here [link to document]
TYO Small Ensemble Programs
String Quartets | Woodwind Ensemble | Brass Ensemble | Percussion Ensemble |
Interested students at all levels are eligible to participate in small ensembles. String students indicate their interest during the registration process, and they will be placed in a group appropriate to their level. String ensembles participate in one Small Ensemble concert each semester and may participate in community events or full TYO concerts.
Woodwind, brass, and percussion students may participate in small ensembles led by their sectional coach. Students indicate their interest during the registration process. These ensembles participate in one Small Ensemble concert each semester and may participate in community events or full TYO concerts.
|Community Outreach Ensemble|
Students comfortable with ASTA grade level 4 material have the opportunity to participate in the Community Outreach Ensemble. This ensemble rehearses twice during each semester, and then performs in various venues throughout the community, including civic events and elder care facilities. Students who participate satisfactorily can receive community service hours. More information on this program is provided during the season.
Check out TYO's Brass Ensemble from our Spring Concert!
TYO Student Board
Mr. Chris Miller |
TYO members have the opportunity to apply to become members of the TYO Student Board. The Student Board provides volunteer support to TYO, plans social and fundraising events, and represents TYO’s student members in interactions with the TYO Board of Directors. Application information is provided each August as the season begins.