This group accepts talented young advancing woodwind, brass and percussion musicians through ninth grade. These musicians show through audition they are eager musicians. It offers exciting new opportunities to musicians who love to play and want to take their skills to the next level. They will experience music in new ways that will have lifelong benefits.
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This group accepts talented string students elementary through ninth grade who show through audition they are eager musicians. For most, this is their first experience playing in a large group. Members learn to play together, working to follow the conductor. Individual preparation of music is required and individual progress is expected and recognized through chair auditions.
Our Division III string orchestra is comprised of talented elementary, middle school and ninth grade students who show through audition they are ready for more advanced rehearsal and performance orchestral skills. Members learn to play with sensitivity and ensemble balance. Individual preparation of music is required and individual progress is expected and recognized through chair auditions.
Our Division II string orchestra is composed of elementary through ninth grade musicians whose auditions show musicality and advanced technical skills. Providing a concentrated learning and performing experience for aspiring young musicians, Division II performs increasingly challenging classical repertoire throughout the year. Members of the Division II orchestra are exposed to the best of classical music to foster a professional attitude. Individual progress is expected and recognized through chair auditions and principal solos.
This full symphony orchestra is the most advanced group in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony program. Accepted by audition, members are experienced, exceptionally talented, dedicated elementary through ninth grade student musicians. Division I requires personal commitment and ensemble skills. Individual preparation and progress are expected and recognized through chair auditions and principal solos.
Woodwind, brass, and percussion students participate in sectional rehearsals throughout the season. Sectionals are held on the second rehearsal of each concert series at our regular rehearsal venue. Woodwind, brass and percussion coaches are members of local symphonies and/or public school instrumental music teachers.
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Honors String Quartet program is comprised of two traditional ensembles selected from our Division I, Full Symphony. These students participate by invitation of the conductor and quartet coach and represent the organization throughout the year at various events. Repertoire for the ensembles will include classical and light classical selections as well as select popular pieces for public engagement work.