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intermediate strings, wind, brass and percussion


Philharmonic is an intermediate auditioned orchestra comprised of advancing string, wind, brass and percussion students. Players are expected to be comfortable in a more extended range (shifting for string players, higher registers for wind/brass), and to be able to play in various keys (through four sharps or flats)  and with more advanced bow/articulation techniques. Approximate Suzuki level 3-5 and up. Rehearsals are Monday evenings 6:45-8:30 pm, with additional sectionals and dress rehearsals as scheduled. String seating is rotated each concert. Brass, woodwind and percussion usually rotate from piece to piece. 

Fees – 2021-22 Register before 9.7.21 and save!

  • Tuition is $275 for the school year, $250 before September 7. For 2nd semester only, $150.

  • Fees include all instruction, music use, sectional opportunities, and a t-shirt.

  • Students joining in the middle of the season may inquire about a reduced tuition rate, presently $150 for Philharmonic.

  • Limited scholarships are available, need or merit- based for all members. Complete the appropriate application online HERE. Please submit prior to registration for best consideration. 

Audition Information

  • For students who are new to NVYO and would like to join Philharmonic, click this link for AUDITION INFO FOR PHILHARMONIC

  • Returning Philharmonic members may register for the 2021-22 season without an audition. 

Important note: Orchestral placement is at the discretion of the conductors, regardless of the student’s declared intent.  Age alone is never a determining factor in orchestral placement; NVYO ensembles are arranged by playing level. Orchestral assignment is made with intent to create the overall best experience for each student.

Contact Naomi Welsh with questions – nwelsh@novyo.org, 701-757-3009 or 701-213-0310