THE YOUTH ENSEMBLES AUDITION PROCESS HAS CHANGED.
Instructions for auditions for each instrument and each ensemble are included in the documents below.
Auditions for the 2017-2018 Season of the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic and Debut Orchestra will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in the Garvey Fine Arts Center on the campus of Washburn University. Additional individual auditions can be scheduled throughout the year. Contact the ensemble conductors — Martha Placeres, Carolyn Rich Voth, and Carolyn Sandquist — for details. More information about auditions is available in the Youth Ensembles Handbook and on the Audition Registration Form available below.
September 5, 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Pre-Concert Rehearsal: Sunday, November 12, 2017, White Concert Hall, time to be announced
ALL ENSEMBLES CONCERT: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 12, 2017, White Concert Hall
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Saturday, March 10, 2018, White Concert Hall, time to be announced
Sunday, March 11, 2018, White Concert Hall, time to be announced
ALL ENSEMBLES CONCERT: 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 11, 2018, White Concert Hall
The Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra was formed in 1957, just 11 years after the Topeka Symphony Orchestra’s first season. “Providing educational and performance opportunities for youth” has been an important priority of the Topeka Symphony Society since very early in its history. The Youth Orchestra was established to encourage talented young musicians to pursue their musical interests. The Topeka Symphony Debut Orchestra was formed in 1998 to meet the needs of a growing number of young string instrument players. Two years later, the Youth Philharmonic was formed to serve primarily middle school aged string musicians. It is the preparatory orchestra for the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Once a musician has been accepted into one of the orchestras, there is a non-refundable tuition fee of $75 each student per year for the Debut Orchestra or $95 for each student per year for the Youth Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra, which includes music charges and rental. Tuition assistance is available for those families with a need.
Any musician 21 years of age and younger may audition for one of the three Youth Ensembles. To be a member of one of these ensembles, a student who plays a string instrument agrees to play in his or her school orchestra, if available and a student who plays a wind, brass or percussion instrument agrees to play in his or her school band, if available. This requirement may be waived by the school conductor if there are extenuating circumstances. A signed letter from the appropriate school conductor excusing the student from the school orchestra or band must be sent to the Topeka Symphony office prior to the first Youth Ensemble rehearsal. A musician whose school does not have a music program for his/her instrument, or who is home schooled, is strongly encouraged to participate in other musical ensembles.