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advanced string, wind, brass and percussion through age 21

Symphony – NVYO’s most advanced auditioned student orchestra is made up of highly capable string, wind, brass and percussion players under the age of 21. Musicians are expected to have developed an advanced range and tone, and be able to play in any key. Vibrato and/or other advanced techniques are required, as music is selected from the standard Symphonic repertoire. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings 6:30-8:30 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.

Students interested in advancing from Philharmonic to Symphony, or students new to NVYO who are interested in Symphony, should register and then prepare an audition (see requirements below).  Returning Symphony members may register for 2019-20 without an additional audition. (Placement auditions may be held during the rehearsal season in fall.)

click here for AUDITION INFORMATION FOR SYMPHONY (printable)

String scales - printable resource

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.

Learn about our College Mentor-Performer program, for eligible university - level musicians:

CMP program 

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