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ABOUT THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The Philharmonic Orchestra (PHIL) is an advanced intermediate ensemble that introduces the full orchestra experience to students, preparing them for participation in FWYO’s Youth Orchestra. PHIL performs an appropriate assortment of orchestral music, including intermediate standard repertoire and arrangements of symphonies, concertos and overtures. PHIL performs annually at Bass Performance Hall, in addition to other venues around the DFW metroplex. While PHIL members are (on average) middle and early high school age, placement in PHIL is ultimately based on current skill level.
Annual auditions are held for 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.
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.
Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays, 2:00–4:00pm 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 PHIL, 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 $600 (subject to change each year). Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.
The PHIL’s Young Performers Concerto Competition is held each November, and the winner will appear in concert with the orchestra the following spring. All current Philharmonic Orchestra students who have not previously won the Young Performers Concerto Competition are eligible to participate.
CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM
Members of the FWYO Chamber Music Program meet weekly on Sunday afternoons. Local professional musicians, including members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will coach the ensembles throughout the season.For more information, please visit our website’s Chamber Music Program page.