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ABOUT THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Philharmonic Orchestra (PHIL) is an advanced intermediate orchestra that provides a full orchestra experience for – 1) advancing string players who previously may have only participated in string ensembles; and 2) wind & percussion players who previously may have only participated in wind ensembles. PHIL performs a variety of educational and professional-level literature that will prepare the students to participate in the Youth Orchestra, as well as collegiate ensembles. In a typical season, students will experience professional works from 19th-century composers such as Verdi and Rossini, as well as 20th-century composers such as Gould and Marquez. While PHIL members’ ages range from middle school through high school seniors, placement is ultimately based on the current ability level of each student.
Annual auditions are held for every position in PHIL, including the following instruments: FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, BASSOON, HORN, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, TUBA, PERCUSSION, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS. For more information regarding applications & auditions, visit our website’s “Apply & Audition” page or contact the FWYO Orchestra Manager at .
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA TUITION
Current PHIL tuition is $610 (subject to change each year). Once offered a position in PHIL, a deposit will be due in order to reserve your position, and will be applied to the tuition total. Tuition is set by the Board of Directors annually, and is non-refundable. Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.
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 Performance Hall and other venues around the DFW metroplex. Occasionally, FWYO ensembles will perform additional outreach and community concerts, including events at Sundance Square.
Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays, 3:00–5:15pm at FWYO’s Orchestra Hall – 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109.
The FWYO Young Performers Concerto Competition is held each November, and the winner will appear as a soloist with PHIL the following spring. All members of the Philharmonic Orchestra are eligible to apply, except the winner from the previous season.
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!