The SFYSA ORchestra program
The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association currently has four youth orchestras to serve students at different levels and ages. Students interested in joining the orchestras must audition for appropriate placement.
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TARGET AGE GROUPS FOR ORCHESTRAS
YSO: Advanced high school (approximately grades 10-12)
YP: Advanced middle school, and early high school (approximately grades 8-10)
ISO: Middle school and advanced/late middle school (approximately grades 6-7)
PSO: Late elementary school (approximately grades 4-6)
Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)
William Reece Waag – Conductor
Youth Symphony Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of SFYSA, featuring the most advanced young musicians. The ensemble's repertory spans the orchestral classics through twenty-first century works. YSO has performed with world-renowned artists Mark O’Connor, Guillermo Figueroa, and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with the Ying Quartet, Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama. Each Fall YSO members spend a weekend retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp, and tours each season whenever possible. Recent tours have included the Czech Republic, Germany, San Francisco, and Denver.
YSO MEETS ON SUNDAYS TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUTING STUDENTS!
Youth Philharmonic (YP)
Ryan Finn – Conductor
The Youth Philharmonic is offered to intermediate/advanced students usually between the ages of 10 and 15, and is open to string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. YP has also premiered works written by SFYSA students and alumni.
YP MEETS ON SUNDAYS TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUTING STUDENTS!
Intermezzo String Orchestra (ISO)
Elizabeth Young – Conductor
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
ISO is the intermediate orchestra for string players. Members will sharpen their section and ensemble skills, and experience their first repertoire of consistent 5-part ensemble writing (violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello bass). When exiting ISO, musicians should be fully prepared for the experience of their instrument’s traditional role in a full orchestra. This is ensemble largely consists of middle school and advanced elementary musicians.
ISO MEETS ON THURSDAYS
Prelude String Orchestra (PSO)
Carla Kountoupes - Conductor
PSO MEETS ON MONDAYS
This “orchestra on training wheels” provides SFYSA musicians with their first large ensemble orchestra experience. Unlike Elementary Strings, the musicians are grouped into an ensemble with mixed string instrumentation. Most pieces performed in PSO are written in 3 part harmony (violins, viola, cello/bass), providing a stepping-stone to standard string orchestra writing (5 parts). Students will have a chance to improve sight reading skills and practice large ensemble etiquette and procedures (rehearsal responsibilities, relationship with stand partner and conductor, etc.) PSO does not require an audition, however students must be enrolled in private lessons to be eligible for PSO enrollment, and the PSO conductor must receive a written recommendation from the private teacher. Most PSO students have at least 2 years of private lessons prior to joining PSO