The Topeka Youth Symphony 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. There are now three Youth Orchestras that consist of student musicians from the Topeka area and across northeast Kansas.

Topeka Youth Orchestras

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Offered Ensembles

Symphonette: Carolyn Sandquist, director
The Symphonette is a beginning level string orchestra for students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. To learn more about this ensemble visit the Symphonette page!

Chamber Orchestra: Ryan Masotto, director
The Chamber Orchestra is an intermediate/advanced string ensemble welcoming students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. To learn more about this ensemble visit the Chamber Orchestra page!

Youth Symphony: Nicolas Carr, interim director
The Youth Symphony is a full symphonic orchestra welcoming players of all traditional band and orchestra instruments. To learn more about this ensemble visit the Youth Symphony page!

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Rehearsals

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings.

Symphonette: 5:45 – 6:45 PM
White Concert Hall Stage

Chamber Orchestra: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Garvey, GC134
Youth Symphony: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
White Concert Hall Stage


Concert Schedule

Fall 2023 Rehearsal Dates: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, (10/31 – NO REHEARSAL), 11/7, 11/14, 11/19
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, Nov. 19, at White Concert Hall – time TBA
Concert: Sunday, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM, at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka 66621.
Wrap-up Rehearsal: TBA

Spring 2024 Rehearsal Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, (3/12 – NO REHEARSAL), 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/7
Dress Rehearsal: Sunday, Apr. 7, at White Concert Hall – time TBA
Concert: Sunday, Apr. 7, 3:00 PM, at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka 66621.
Wrap-up Rehearsal: TBA

**Students may not miss more than 2 rehearsals per concert cycle**


Tuition

Due before the rehearsal on Sept. 5, 2023.

Symphonette: $90/yr or $50/semester
Chamber Orchestra: $105/yr or $60/semester
Youth Symphony: $120/yr or $70/semester

After the audition and acceptance into one of the youth orchestras, use the link below to pay tuition.

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Tuition fees help cover the costs of the Youth Orchestras program including music purchase and rental, facilities rental, and conductor salaries.