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.
Click here to learn more about audition dates and details.
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
Intermezzo students typically collaborate each season with dancers and instrumental soloists, are exposed to unusual instruments like baroque bows, celtic harp, or orchestral piano, and take a concert-tour to Santa Fe area schools. Each year in March, Intermezzo also travels to Albuquerque to join 650 other students in the Albuquerque Middle School Orchestra Festival. Other recent adventures include an impromptu concert for the Santa Fe Board of Education and waltz lessons in conjunction with preparing Loreta Fin's Aeolian Waltz. Intermezzo serves the needs of young string players who have some previous orchestral experience, who are refining and building upon their fundamental skills, and who can fluidly sight-read music whose difficulty is below that of their current playing level. Students are introduced to more advanced orchestral techniques including: leading one’s own section, leading the orchestra; following one’s own section leader, following the concertmaster; following more subtle and refined cues from a conductor; playing without a conductor; supporting and accompanying solo performers; and learning more refined bow-distribution, dynamics, and tone colors. The minimum equivalent level in the Suzuki curriculum is "Hunters' Chorus" from Book 2.
ISO MEETS ON THURSDAYS
Prelude String Orchestra (PSO)
Carla Kountoupes - Conductor
PSO MEETS ON MONDAYS