Youth orchestras, chorus to hold auditions


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SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Youth Symphony, Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Youth String Ensemble, and Springfield Children’s Chorus, all educational components of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO), will hold auditions for the 2016-2017 season on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield. All orchestral instruments are welcome to audition for the orchestras. The Children’s Chorus is seeking vocalists in the 3rd through 8th grades or with unchanged voices.

Under the direction of Music Director Carlos Elias, the Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS) provides ensemble and solo performance opportunities in a full orchestra setting through concerts and outreach activities. The Youth String Ensemble and Youth Chamber Orchestra serve beginning and intermediate string players in a group performance experience that introduces members to string literature with a focus on ensemble skills. The Children’s Chorus sings in a traditional children’s chorus setting with many performances. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from August to March in the professional environment of the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

The Springfield Youth Orchestra program features chamber music, professional coaching and instruction from SSO members, and a Side-by Side concert with the SSO. As part of the orchestra’s Project Protégé program, select Youth Symphony students may also perform with the Springfield Symphony on a subscription concert. The LiveWire program also offers Youth Symphony and Youth Chamber Orchestra members the opportunity to perform in a chamber ensemble setting on real gigs in the Springfield community.

The Children’s Chorus program features opportunities for students to perform in a Side-by-Side concert with the SSO, participate in holiday caroling at local nursing homes, an annual choral Invitational event and other performances.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Alek Peugh at the SSO office at 937-325-8100 or by e-mail at alek@springfieldsym.org. Additional information about the SSO’s education programs can be found online at www.springfieldsym.org.

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Submitted by the Springfield Symphyny Orchestra.

Submitted by the Springfield Symphyny Orchestra.

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