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Philharmonic: Welcome


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. Most rehearsals are at Grand Forks Central High School, 115 4th St. N, in the band & orchestra rooms/lower level music wing. String seating is rotated each concert. Brass, woodwind and percussion usually rotate from piece to piece. 

Fees – 2022-23 Register before 9.7.22 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 2022-23 Philharmonic season without an audition.

  • Returning Philharmonic Students wishing to be considered for SYMPHONY will need to register for and complete an audition. See Audition Info for Symphony. The conductors' placement decision will determine which orchestra for the student. 

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 –, 701-757-3009 or 701-213-0310

Philharmonic: Programs
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