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Youth Orchestra Program


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KW Symphony Youth Orchestra Program

From its beginnings in 1966 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Junior Symphony, the KWS Youth Orchestra Program (YOP) has grown into a nationally recognized orchestral training program for young musicians. Today, the YOP consists of FIVE ensembles in progressive levels: Preludium Strings (Junior level string ensemble), Youth Strings (intermediate level string ensemble), Youth Sinfonia (advanced level string ensemble), the Youth Concert Band (intermediate to advanced level) and the Youth Orchestra (advanced level symphony orchestra). In addition, YOP runs a Chamber Music Program under the tutelage of KWS musicians.


The KWS Youth Orchestra Program offers:

    • regularly-scheduled rehearsals
    • sectionals coached by KWS musicians
    • retreats
    • chamber music training
    • specialized sessions with guest coaches
    • community outreach performances
    • side-by-side performances with other YOP ensembles and with the KWS
    • concerts in Raffi Armenian Theatre of The Centre in the Square
    • collaborations with other performing arts organizations
    • musical field trips, “Youth Orchestra Night @ the KW Symphony
    • concerto competition
    • social activities

KWS Youth Orchestra Program Concert Season


The KWS Youth Orchestra Program invites you to our three major concerts of the 2014-15 season: Dec 6, 2014,  Feb 28, 2015 and Apr 25, 2015.
All three concerts are held in the Raffi Armenian Theatre of The Centre In The Square.  All concerts begin at 2:00 pm. The General Admission Subscriptions to all 3 concerts are priced at $34 for Adults, $28 for Child, and $105 Family Subscription (4 people). Call our patron services office at 519.745.4711 or order online.

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The YOP ensembles also perform at community outreach events throughout the year.

Audition Information

The 2014-15 Application Form is HERE!
The auditions will be held in late Spring 2014 (end of May – beginning of June), there might be an additional round of auditions for late candidates held in September 2014. Please contact bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca for details. New candidates for the Preludium Strings, Youth Strings and Youth Sinfonia are required to submit their application form in order to register for an audition. All Youth Orchestra and Youth Concert Band candidates (returning and new) must audition each season and are required submit their application form  in order to register for an audition. There is a brief entrance playing session for candidates for the entry-level string ensemble, Preludium Strings. Returning members of Youth Strings and Youth Sinfonia are not required to re-audition but are requested to prepare the selected excerpts for section seating placement.


Preludium Strings

Entry Level String Ensemble
Provides an introduction to orchestral performance for string players reading and playing at or above Grade 1 RCM (late pieces) or Suzuki Book I (late pieces). Please note that music-reading is a requirement. The provided RCM / Suzuki playing levels are suggested guidelines only.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5:15 to 6:15 pm; September through April, Conrad Centre for the Performing  Arts, 36 King St W, Kitchener
Conductor:  Ella Weber
Audition Requirements:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form HERE. There will be a "mini audition" for all new Preludium Strings candidates. Excerpts are available by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca. The audition time will be assigned after the application form has been received.

The Mini-audition date: Thursday, June 12, starting at 5 pm, Conrad Centre

All returning Preludium Strings can attend the first rehearsal in September without audition.


Fee:
Fees for 2014-15 are $320. Half of the fee may be in the form of a postdated cheque for January 15, 2015. There will be online payment options soon, or cheques made payable to KW Symphony. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Bursaries:

The KWS is offering partial and full bursaries to families demonstrating need. A simple application form is found HERE.

The Youth Strings

Intermediate Level String Ensemble
Provides orchestral performance instruction for string players with some ensemble experience, reading and playing at or above Grade 3 RCM or Suzuki Book III. The provided RCM / Suzuki playing levels are suggested guidelines only.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. September through April, Conrad Centre for the Performing  Arts, 36 King St W, Kitchener
Conductor: Angela Cox-Daly

Audition Requirements:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form HERE. Excerpts are available now for pick up at the Conrad Centre (inside the main doors) or by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca. Auditions will be held at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts. Returning Youth Strings members will prepare the same excerpts for a section seating placement audition.

The Audition date: Tuesday, June 10, starting at 4:30 pm, Conrad Centre

Fee:
Fees for 2014-15 are $420. Half of the fee may be in the form of a postdated cheque for January 15, 2015. There will be online payment options soon, or cheques made payable to KW Symphony. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Bursaries:
The KWS is offering partial and full bursaries to families demonstrating need. A simple application form is found HERE.


Youth Sinfonia

Advanced Level String Ensemble
Provides instruction for string players with some ensemble experience playing at or above Grade 6 RCM or Suzuki Book V. The provided RCM / Suzuki playing levels are suggested guidelines only.
Rehearsals:
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, September through April, Conrad Centre for the Performing  Arts, 36 King St W Kitchener
Conductor: Allene Chomyn

Audition Requirements:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form (download HERE). Excerpts are available now for pick up at the Conrad Centre (inside the main doors) or by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca.
Auditions for new candidates will be held at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts.  The YOP Coordinator will contact you with an audition time after the application has been received.
Returning Sinfonia members will prepare the same excerpts for a section seating placement audition.

Auditions:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form HERE. Excerpts are available by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca. The audition time will be assigned after the application form has been received. Returning members of Youth Sinfonia are not required to re-audition but are requested to prepare the selected excerpts for section seating placement.

The Audition date: Wednesday, June 11, starting at 4:30 pm, Conrad Centre

Fee:
Fees for 2014-15 are $420. Half of the fee may be in the form of a postdated cheque for January 15, 2015. There will be online payment options soon, or cheques made payable to KW Symphony. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Bursaries:
The KWS is offering partial and full bursaries to families demonstrating need. A simple application form is found HERE.


Youth Orchestra (KWSYO)

Advanced Level Full Symphony Orchestra
Provides the thrilling experience of rehearsing and performing a wide variety of symphonic masterpieces. In addition to the weekly rehearsals, sectionals coached by KWS musicians, retreats, specialized sessions with guest coaches, community outreach performances, side-by-side performances with other YOP ensembles and with the KW Symphony, chamber music concerts and full orchestral performances, Youth Orchestra members will have an opportunity to compete in the annual Concerto Competition. Applicants should play at or above Grade 8 RCM or Suzuki Book VII (Strings). The provided RCM / Suzuki playing levels are suggested guidelines only.
Rehearsals:
Sundays, 1:00 to 3:30 pm, September through April, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music.
Conductor:Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser

Audition Requirements:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form (download HERE). Excerpts are available by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca. The audition time will be assigned after the application form has been received.

The Audition dates:
STRINGS - Friday, September 5, 4-6 pm and Saturday, September 6, 10 am – 12 pm at Wilfrid Laurier University, John Aird Centre (Faculty of Music), A 318

WINDS / BRASS / PERCUSSION – Saturday,  September 6, 1 – 4 pm at Wilfrid Laurier University, John Aird Centre (Faculty of Music), A 318

Fee:
Fees for 2014-15 are $470. Half of the fee may be in the form of a postdated cheque for January 15, 2015. There will be online payment options soon, or cheques made payable to KW Symphony. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Bursaries:

The KWS is offering partial and full bursaries to families demonstrating need. A simple application form is found HERE.

Youth Concert Band

Intermediate to Advanced Level Concert Band
This ensemble was launched in 2012-13 with great success! The Youth Concert Band combines winds, brass and percussion under the direction of our resident band expert, Trevor Wagler. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of playing experience on their instrument. Candidates may audition for the Youth Concert Band exclusively or also audition for Youth Orchestra.
Rehearsals:
Rehearsals take place on Sundays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, September through April,  Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music (Aird Centre), Room 318.
Conductor: Trevor Wagler

Audition Requirements:
Qualified candidates are required to submit an application form HERE. TThe audition time will be assigned after the application form has been received.

The following are required for the auditions:

  • play a scale that demonstrates the lowest and highest notes you can produce, in any articulation of your choosing, at a moderate tempo
  • play one short piece (or excerpt of a longer work of your choosing) that represents your current level
  • play short excerpts available by email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca

If you audition for the Youth Orchestra, you will not need to re-audition for the Youth Concert Band. No accompanists are permitted at the auditions.

The Audition date: Saturday,  September 6, 1 – 4 pm at Wilfrid Laurier University, John Aird Centre (Faculty of Music), A 318

Fee:
Fees for 2014-15 are $320. Half of the fee may be in the form of a postdated cheque for January 15, 2015. There will be online payment options soon, or cheques made payable to KW Symphony. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Bursaries:

The KWS is offering partial and full bursaries to families demonstrating need. A simple application form is found HERE.

Chamber Music Program

Available all levels
The YOP Chamber Music Program (CMP) provides chamber music instruction for all instrumentalists. Existing and new groups are welcome, as well as individual candidates who based on availability will be organized in ensembles (trios, quartets, etc.).

Training is provided by members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. The instruction focuses on leadership and abilities to follow, teamwork and active listening. The exploration of a wide range of chamber music repertoire is encouraged.  This program provides a fun and challenging way to create music, hone skills and expand performance opportunities.

The CMP concert will be scheduled towards the end of the season; other opportunities will include outreach events and CITS lobby performances.

Registration Requirements:
All Chamber Music Program candidates will complete and submit the 2012/13 CMP application form to the YOP Coordinator. The application form will be available online soon. The CMP forms will be also available at the YOP auditions.

Fee:
$15 per participant, per hour-long coaching session. Cheques payable to KW Symphony (submitted at the commencement of this program; the number of sessions TBD).

Financial Assistance

The KWS offers bursaries to offset the cost of registration fees based on financial need. Please download and complete the form (HERE) and return it by email to bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca or by mail:

Barb Kaplanek
Education and Community Programs Manager, Youth Orchestra and Schools
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
36 King St W
Kitchener ON N2G 1A3

 

The KWS Volunteer Committee distributes thousands of dollars in awards and scholarships to deserving members of the five YOP ensembles and Chamber Music Program participants at the end of the season.

Click here to learn more about the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee Scholarships for Youth Orchestra.

Contact Us

Barb Kaplanek
Education and Community Programs Manager, Youth Orchestra and Schools
Phone: 519.745.4711, x 390
Fax: 519.745.4474
Email: bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca