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ABOUT THE YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The Youth Orchestra (YO) is the premier ensemble of the FWYO program. YO is a full orchestra that performs standard, professional-level orchestral repertoire, including full symphonies, concertos and overtures. Members of YO also have the opportunity to perform non-western repertoire and new music by contemporary composers. YO performs annually at Bass Performance Hall, in addition to other venues around the DFW metroplex, and collaborates in a side-by-side performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra each year. While YO members are (on average) high school age, placement in YO is ultimately based on current skill level.
Annual auditions are held for the following instruments: FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, BASSOON, HORN, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, TUBA, PERCUSSION, HARP, PIANO, 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 performance at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Youth Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays, 4:30–8:00pm at FWYO’s Orchestra Hall – 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109.
Sectionals are designed to provide focused guidance to individual sections in preparation of their orchestral repertoire. Each section will work with local professionals, including members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Sectionals will be held occasionally throughout the season during regularly scheduled rehearsals.
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 YO, 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 $700 (subject to change each year). Financial aid is available for those who apply and qualify.
The YO’s Young Artists Concerto Competition is held each November, and the winner will appear in concert with the orchestra the following spring. All current Youth Orchestra students who have not previously won the Young Artists 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.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES & COLLABORATIONS
FWYO has enjoyed a rich tradition of international touring. Professionally managed tours provide FWYO students unparalleled experiences and opportunities to perform in venues rich in history and tradition. During recent tours, FWYO students have delighted audiences around the world, including at the Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic; The Orchesterhaus in Salzburg, Austria; Cortile Federico II, Cremona, Italy; International Youth Orchestras Festival in Montecatini and Lucca, Italy. Notable artists who have performed with the YO include Van Cliburn, Morton Gould, Jose Feghali, Yakov Kasman, John Owings and many more.