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

Check back in the beginning of April for more information about our 2022-23 season.


The Youth Ensembles spring concert is Sunday, March 6th at 3pm in White Concert Hall on Washburn University’s campus. 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka 66621.

Purchase your tickets here

Ticket prices:
$10 Adult
$5 Student (21 & under)
Children 5 & under are free.

Tickets purchased online will be available at Will Call.

Please review proper concert etiquette with your children to respect the work these young musicians have accomplished this fall. Thank you!

 


For the Spring Semester of 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 scheduled over Zoom by contacting the TSO office, tso@topekasymphony.org, or the conductors of the ensemble(s) — see their emails below.

ONCE YOU REGISTER, you will receive an audition time. Please complete the online registration here.

If you are interested in auditioning for the Debut/Philharmonic String Orchestra, audition materials are found here for each string instrument. Contact the conductor, Carolyn Sandquist, sandquist4@cox.net , if you have questions about the audition.

If you are interested in auditioning for the Youth Orchestra, please bring 1 to 2 pieces (contrasting is preferred) and a scale to the audition. Contact the conductor, Ramiro Miranda, rmiranda@emporia.edu, if you have questions about the audition. 

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
Spring Semester: January 4 – March 8 

CONCERT:
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
Spring Semester: January 4 – March 8

CONCERT:
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 PM, White Concert Hall, Washburn University

Tuition

Due before the first rehearsal on January 4, 2022

Debut/Philharmonic: $40
Youth Orchestra: $50

Pay your Spring Semester tuition here.

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)

Download the Youth Ensembles Handbook