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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 complete symphonies, concertos and overtures. Members of YO also have the opportunity to perform non-western repertoire and new music by contemporary composers. YO tours internationally every few years and performs annually at Bass Performance Hall, in addition to other venues around the DFW metroplex. YO collaborates in an annual side-by-side performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall. While YO members are (on average) high school age, placement in YO is ultimately based on the current ability level of each student.
Annual auditions are held for every position in YO, including the following instruments: FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, BASSOON, HORN, TRUMPET, TROMBONE, TUBA, PERCUSSION, HARP, VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, BASS. For more information regarding applications & auditions, visit our website’s “Apply & Audition” page or contact the FWYO Orchestra Manager at .
YOUTH ORCHESTRA TUITION
Current YO tuition is $710 (subject to change each year). Once offered a position in YO, 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 annual performances at Cook Children’s Medical Center.
Youth Orchestra rehearsals are held on Sundays, 5:30–8:30pm at FWYO’s Orchestra Hall – 4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76109.
Sectionals will be scheduled occasionally throughout the season during the regularly scheduled rehearsal period, and are designed to provide focused guidance to individual sections in preparation of their orchestral repertoire. Local professional musicians, including members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will lead these sectionals.
The FWYO Young Artists Concerto Competition is held each November, and the winner will appear as a soloist with YO the following spring. All members of the Youth 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!