THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Dr. Martha Placeres, Conductor

 

The Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra convened for the first time in 1957 under the sponsorship of the Topeka Symphony Society and led by Mr. Robert Hallman. Its mission is to provide young musicians the opportunity to play in a symphony orchestra with their peers from high schools throughout northeast Kansas. Directed by Dr. Martha Placeres, the orchestra today boasts over 60 members from the Topeka area and northeast Kansas.

 

THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY YOUTH PHILHARMONIC

Carolyn Rich Voth, Conductor

 

To meet the growing demand for high quality orchestral experiences for youth, in the year 2000 the Topeka Symphony expanded its Youth Ensembles Program to include a third group, the Youth Philharmonic. The Philharmonic is the preparatory orchestra for the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra.

 

THE TOPEKA SYMPHONY DEBUT ORCHESTRA

Carolyn Sandquist, Conductor

 

The Debut Orchestra was formed in 1998 to satisfy the needs of a growing number of young stringed instrument players. The Debut Orchestra is a string orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

 

 

Youth Ensembles

PLEASE NOTE:
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.

 

Youth Ensembles Handbook (153kb pdf)

Audition Registration Form (241kb pdf)

 

Audition Excerpts:

Debut Orchestra audition excerpts for 2017 (508kb pdf)

Youth Philharmonic audition excerpts for 2017 (127kb pdf)

Youth Orchestra audition excerpts for 2017, All instruments (1.2mb pdf)

 

REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE

Fall 2017

Rehearsals: Tuesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

November 7

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

Spring 2018

Rehearsals: Tuesdays

January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

February 6, 13, 20, 27

March 6

Pre-Concert Rehearsal: 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

 

YOUTH ENSEMBLES HISTORY

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.

TUITION

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.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

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.