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Youth Orchestra

The YOP invites students to join our ensembles in the 2022-23 season! Please visit our audition page for info and to complete the application form.

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 various venues, including the 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, music-filled trips to hear the KW Symphony.

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

Youth Orchestra Program Ensembles

Preludium Strings
Entry Level String Ensemble

Provides orchestral performance instruction for string players with no ensemble experience, reading and playing at or above Grade 1 RCM or Suzuki Book IThe provided RCM / Suzuki playing levels are suggested guidelines only.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: TBA

Fee: 2022-23 Season Fee TBA

The online registration and payment process will begin immediately after the spring audition for successful candidates. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

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 – 7 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: Matthew Jones

Fee: 2022-23 Season Fee TBA.

The online registration and payment process will begin immediately after the spring audition for successful candidates. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

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: Mondays, 5:30 – 7 pm, Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener

Conductor: Allene Chomyn

Fee: 2022-23 Season Fee TBA.

The online registration and payment process will begin immediately after the spring audition for successful candidates. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.

Youth Orchestra
Advanced Level Symphony Orchestra

Provides the thrilling experience of advanced orchestral practice and performance of various masterworks in para-professional settings. In addition to the weekly rehearsals, sectionals coached by KWS musicians, specialized sessions with guest coaches, community outreach performances, side-by-side performances with other YOP ensembles and with the KW Symphony, 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 3:15 pm, September through April, Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Music.

Conductor: Matthew Jones

Fee: 2022-23 season Fee TBA.

The online registration and payment process will begin immediately after the spring audition for successful candidates. Registration and payment is required before the first rehearsal. Each additional YOP member from the same family is entitled to $60 discount off a regular registration fee.