advanced string, wind, brass and percussion
Advanced youth orchestra for string, wind, brass and percussion musicians 21 and under. Auditions: scales, solo and sightreading.
intermediate string, wind, brass and percussion
Intermediate youth orchestra for string, wind, brass and percussion musicians. Auditions: scales, solo and sightreading.
NVYO : OUR MISSION, VALUES, AND VISION
SEASON 10 STATEMENT
At Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, we are beginning our 10th season of inspiring musicians and engaging communities through high-quality, challenging music education programs for young people. NVYO is about making music, making friends, and making a difference in the world. At NVYO we also take seriously our responsibility as a partner in the Connected Communities pillar of Grand Forks' Welcoming Community Roadmap, which reads, "Ensuring all have opportunities to connect across race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status." Music, including classical music, is for everyone.
The NVYO staff and board are committed to the continued active pursuit of diversity and inclusion in our music programming, activities, leadership, and scholarship programs.
We will continue to learn about, teach about, and do our part to dismantle the exclusionary practices in the classical music world, including the racism and inequity that impacts the experiences and musical opportunities of musicians who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. We will keep working to close the gap between our stated goals and our actions, and to be truly representative of and inclusive of our community and country.
We believe that we can do this together.
Mission - Vision - Values
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras is dedicated to providing enrichment opportunities and mentoring to promising young musicians, and excellent music for its varied audiences. NVYO is about making music, making friends, and making a difference in the community.
The purpose of NVYO shall be to provide an exceptional musical education experience to the members of the orchestras and chamber music programs and to provide artistic performances that enrich the lives of developing musicians, our communities, and our region.
Inspired young people achieving their full musical and personal potential while meaningfully engaging with and enriching their communities.
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members.
School Program Statement
Northern Valley Youth Orchestras believes it is important for all of its members to participate in their school music programs, if available, and expects such participation except in cases of unavoidable scheduling conflict. Participation in a school music group not only helps advocate for fine arts education, it is important for the development of ensemble and leadership skills which can in turn strengthen the NVYO ensembles.
NVYO ensembles are meant to complement and strengthen other music instruction and thus enhance musical development; they are not intended to be a replacement for school or private instruction.
Excellence: we aspire to the highest attainable level of musical and artistic excellence.
Engagement: we cultivate active and meaningful community interaction and connections
Accessibility: we value our increasingly diverse community, and strive to represent and reflect that diversity in our membership and audiences.
Integrity: we respect NVYO’s members, participants, community, and supporters by carrying out our mission and programming with honesty and transparency.
Responsibility: we take care of our resources, people, and financial and physical assets, both actual and potential; we research and make decisions in the long term best interests of NVYO, our mission, and our communities.
Joy: we celebrate the positive, tangible benefits of challenging musical and technical training and performance in a caring and supportive environment.
NVYO & GUIDESTAR
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