JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA
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ABOUT THE JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA
The Junior String Orchestra (JSO) is a string-only ensemble designed for an introductory orchestral experience for members who have intermediate skills in bowing techniques and reading music. They will continue to develop their individual technique and ensemble skills through rehearsals and performances, in preparation for participation in full orchestras. JSO performs annually at Bass Performance Hall, in addition to other venues around the DFW metroplex. While JSO members are (on average) elementary and middle school age, placement in JSO is ultimately based on current ability level.
Annual auditions are held for the following instrments: VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS. For more information regarding applications & auditions, visit our website’s “Apply & Audition” page.
The FWYO concert season consists of four major concert cycles. These four concerts are typically scheduled in October, December, March and May, and take place in Bass Hall and other venues around the DFW metroplex. Occasionally, FWYO ensembles will perform addition outreach and run-out concerts, including an annual perfoamnce at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Junior String Orchestra rehearsals are held on Tuesdays, 6:00–7:15pm at FWYO’s Orchestra Hall – 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109.
It is recommended that FWYO students participate in their school music ensemble. Participating in both a school program and FWYO provides many benefits to young musicians, including experience in playing a wider variety of music, development of techniques and musicianship, and the opportunity to work with and gain experience from different music directors. When you play in your school orchestra program, everybody wins!
TUITION & FEES
Once offered a position in JSO, a deposit of $100 should be paid online before the first rehearsal in order to reserve your position. The $100 deposit will be deducted from your tuition total. Season fees are set by the Board of Directors in early spring and are non-refundable. Tuition for the 2019-2020 season is $450 (subject to change each year). Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.
The SO & JSO’s Young String Soloists Concerto Competition is held each November, and the winner will appear in concert with the String Orchestra the following spring. All current SO & JSO students who have not previously won the Young String Soloists Concerto Competition are eligible to participate.