Youth Orchestra

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 four ensembles in progressive levels: Preludium Strings (Junior level string ensemble), Youth Strings (intermediate level string ensemble), Youth Sinfonia (advanced level string ensemble) 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 season offers regularly-scheduled rehearsals, sectionals coached by KWS musicians, specialized sessions with guest coaches, concerts in the Raffi Armenian Theater at the Centre in the Square, community outreach performances, side-by-side (collaborative) performances among YOP ensembles, side-by-side performances of the 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.

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

Youth Orchestra Ensembles

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

Fee: Fee for the full 2018-19 season is $340*. The online registration and payment process has begun for those who were successful in their spring audition. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. New applicants will receive fall audition information in August. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

*Fees will increase on October 1, 2018

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: David Wadley

Fee: Fee for the full 2018-19 season is $450*. The online registration and payment process has begun for those who were successful in their spring audition. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. New applicants will receive fall audition information in August. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

*Fees will increase on October 1, 2018

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

Fee: Fee for the full 2018-19 season is $450*. The online registration and payment process has begun for those who were successful in their spring audition. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. New applicants will receive fall audition information in August. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

*Fees will increase on October 1, 2018

Youth Orchestra
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: Alexander Cannon

Fee: Fee for the full 2018-19 season is $520*. The online registration and payment process has begun for those who were successful in their spring audition. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. New applicants will receive fall audition information in August. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

*Fees will increase on October 1, 2018

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 may include outreach events and Centre In The Square lobby performances.

Fee: $20 per participant, per hour-long coaching session. Cheques payable to KW Symphony (submitted at the commencement of this program; the number of sessions TBD).