YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Dr. Ramiro Miranda, 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. Ramiro Miranda, the orchestra today consists of student musicians from the Topeka area and across northeast Kansas.

 

DEBUT/PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Carolyn Sandquist, Conductor
The Debut Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra were combined in 2020 to satisfy the needs of a growing number of young stringed instrument players. This ensemble is a string orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.

Youth Ensembles

For the 2021-2022 Season:

Debut Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic will continue as one string ensemble.

Youth Orchestra will return to a traditional full orchestra with strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Auditions will be in person on August 24 and August 31 from 6:00-9:00 PM in Washburn University’s Garvey Fine Arts Center (please check in at the lobby). If you are not available these dates, you can audition over Zoom on August 28. Email the TSO office, tso@topekasymphony.org, if you can’t make the August 24 or 31 audition dates. 

Auditions materials will be available on our website by August 6. Contact our conductors, Carolyn Sandquist (Debut/Philharmonic), sandquist4@cox.net, or Ramiro Miranda (Youth Orchestra), rmiranda@emporia.edu, for more information. ONCE YOU REGISTER, you will receive an audition time. 

Before your audition, please complete the registration form 

Before the first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 7th please pay your yearly tuition ($80 for Debut/Philharmonic or $100 for Youth Orchestra) here. Section and seating assignments will be determined during the first few rehearsals.

DEBUT/PHILHARMONIC REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE 

2021-2022

Rehearsal Location: Parish Hall at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave

When: Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:45 PM
Fall Semester: September 7 – November 14
Spring Semester: January 4 – March 8 

CONCERTS:
Sunday, November 14, 3:00 PM White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 PM, White Concert Hall, Washburn University

YOUTH ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL AND CONCERT SCHEDULE 

2021-2022

Rehearsal Location: White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 Jewell Ave

When: Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Fall Semester: September 7 – November 14
Spring Semester: January 4 – March 8

CONCERTS:
Sunday, November 14, 3:00 PM White Concert Hall, Washburn University
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 PM, White Concert Hall, Washburn University

Tuition

Debut/Philharmonic: $80
Youth Orchestra: $100

Tuition fees help cover the costs of the Youth Ensembles program including music purchase and rental, facilities rental, and conductor salaries. Tuition assistance is available for those families with a need (contact the TSO office for more information, tso@topekasymphony.org, or 785-232-2032)