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Youth Orchestra

An update on the 21/22 Youth Orchestra season

The transitional 2021-22 YOP season continues to be shaped by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As the health and safety of the KWS YOP members is our top priority, the restructured in-person instruction is being offered to string players only. We are looking forward to being able to re-introduce our entry group Preludium Strings and to add Wind, Brass and Percussion sections to our most advanced ensemble, Youth Orchestra in the season 2022-23.

In the current season we welcome new candidates for Youth Strings, Youth Sinfonia and Youth Orchestra STRING division only. Candidates who are 12 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated to join YOP. By March 1, 2022, participants younger than 12 will also need to be fully vaccinated. We remain committed to our health and safety plan which includes physical distancing, use of face masks, limited rehearsal time and membership capped at 24 students in each of the three orchestras. Please note that all participating students are required to tune their instruments without any assistance. The auditions for new candidates will take place in first half of January. The YO rehearsals will continue on Monday nights. Please see each ensemble description for more schedule details. We plan to conclude the season with some form of final performance, subject to obligating health and safety requirements.

Please note:

  • The winter-spring instruction will be offered if sufficient enrollment will be reached.
  • The winter-spring term instruction fees are non-refundable.
  • There are no plans to transfer to an online based instruction in the event of a lockdown.

Established in the fall of 1966 as Kitchener-Waterloo Junior Symphony, the KWS Youth Orchestra Program (YOP) has developed into a fine multi-level orchestral training platform with four ensembles: Preludium Strings (entry level string ensemble), Youth Strings (junior level string ensemble), Youth Sinfonia (intermediate level string ensemble) and the Youth Orchestra (advanced level symphony orchestra). The YOP’s mission is to empower student musicians to discover their ensemble performance potential in a fun, challenging and safe environment. Our leading idea of inclusivity and versatility provides paths for nurturing future music enthusiasts, listeners, as well as professional and community musicians alike.

The KWS YOP season consist of weekly rehearsals (mid-September through April), sectionals coached by KWS musicians, specialized sessions with guest coaches and concert performances in Raffi Armenian Theater of the Centre In The Square. In addition, YOP offers community outreach performances, side-by-side (collaborative) performances among YOP ensembles, side-by-side performances of Youth Orchestra (advanced level symphony orchestra) with the KW Symphony, an annual Concerto Competition for YO members, retreats, music-filled trips to hear the KW Symphony, social activities and optional Chamber Music training under the tutelage of KWS musicians.

Barb Kaplanek
Education and Community Programs Manager- Youth Orchestra and Schools
519-745-4711 ext. 390
bkaplanek@kwsymphony.on.ca

Youth Orchestra Program Ensembles

Youth Strings
Junior 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 – 6:30 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: Matthew Jones

Fee: 2021-22 Winter-Spring Term $150

Youth Sinfonia
Intermediate 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 – 6:30 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: Allene Chomyn

Fee:2021-22 Winter-Spring Term $150

Youth STRING Orchestra
Advanced Level

Provides the thrilling experience of advanced orchestral practice and performance of various masterworks in para-professional settings. Due to obligating restrictions the fall instruction is offered to string players only. 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: Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: Matthew Jones

Fee:2021-22 Winter-Spring Term $150