TMYO ORCHESTRAS

String Concertino

Beginning String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

 

.This Orchestra, led by Conductor Colleen Strom, provides entry-level string orchestra training to student ages 6 and up who wish to gain confidence, experience, and ensemble skills with other musicians. Their season includes two performances and weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, basic string repertoire, and music theory. Students in Symphonic Strings will perform two concerts a year.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: String orchestra for musicians ages 6 and up who wish to gain confidence, experience, and ensemble skills with other musicians. To audition for this ensemble, musicians must have played their instrument for at least 6 months, and demonstrate basic sight-reading skills.

ClICK YOUR INSTRUMENT FOR AUDITION MATERIALS: Violin  Viola  Cello  Bass

Symphonic Strings

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45pm – 7:45pm

 

 This Orchestra, led by Conductor Sandy Neel provides string orchestra training to predominantly middle school-aged student musicians who read music and have at least three years of playing experience on their instruments. This orchestra provides an intermediate string orchestral experience featuring exclusive training opportunities with Florida Orchestra musicians in sectionals, weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, and intermediate string repertoire. Students in Symphonic Strings will perform two concerts a year and are encouraged to participate in TMYO community outreach concerts scheduled throughout each season. 

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Intermediate string orchestra for musicians ages 6 and up to hone ensemble skills and performance poise. Musicians who wish to audition for this ensemble must have played their instrument for at least three years, and can demonstrate strong sight-reading skills.

ClICK YOUR INSTRUMENT FOR AUDITION MATERIALS:  Violin / Viola Cello / Bass

 

Philharmonic Orchestra

Intermediate String Orchestra
Mondays, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

This orchestra, led by Conductor Jason Jerald, is comprised of talented student musicians from the Tampa Bay area.  This orchestra provides an intermediate full orchestral experience featuring exclusive training opportunities with Florida Orchestra musicians in sectionals, weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, and intermediate full orchestra repertoire. Students in the Philharmonic Orchestra will perform two concerts a year and are encouraged to participate in TMYO community outreach concerts scheduled throughout each season.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: 

This orchestra will perform advanced literature and arrangements with an emphasis on ensemble playing, intonation, complex rhythmic study, and quality tone production. Musicians who wish to audition for this ensemble must demonstrate mastery of the skills needed to perform the required excerpts and have strong sight-reading skills.

STRINGS EXCERPTS:
Violin  Viola  Cello  Bass

WINDS EXCERPTS:
Flute Oboe  Clarinet  Bassoon Horn 
Trumpet Trombone  Tuba  Percussion

Scales: String Instruments: Play either ONE major scale and arpeggio or ONE melodic minor scale and arpeggio. All scales and arpeggios are to be MEMORIZED. 3 octaves up to 3 sharps or 3 flats. 1 to 2 octaves for double bass with no displacement. Scales and arpeggios must be played in even eighth notes using separate bows. Quarter note = 60-80

Scales: Wind and Percussion Instruments: Prepare Chromatic scale slurred full range of the instrument, and major and melodic minor scales with arpeggio up to 4 sharps and 4 flats if range permits, tongued up and slurred down — all scales memorized, and performed in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60

 

 

Symphony Orchestra

Advanced Full Orchestra
Mondays, 6:45 pm-8:00 pm

This orchestra is the flagship full orchestra led by TMYO Music Director Dr. William Wiedrich and comprised of talented young musicians in the Tampa Bay region. Students have the opportunity to hone their skills while performing the most advanced orchestral repertoire and exciting new works by contemporary composers.  Students are given exclusive training opportunities including sectionals work and technique coaching with professional Florida Orchestra musicians. Students in Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts a year, perform a side by side concert with the Florida Orchestra, and are invited to enter the annual TMYO Concerto Competition. Symphony Orchestra students are encouraged to participate in TMYO community outreach concerts scheduled throughout each season.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Advanced full orchestra open to students up tp the age of 21. The Symphony Orchestra will perform full-scale works from the repertoire, and provide rigorous, musically rich training of young musicians in preparation for advanced study in the nation’s finest music schools and conservatories. Musicians who wish to audition for this ensemble must demonstrate mastery of the skills needed to perform the required excerpts and have strong sight-reading skills.

STRINGS EXCERPTS:
Violin  Viola Cello  Bass

WINDS EXCERPTS:
Flute  Oboe  Clarinet Bassoon  Horn 
 Trumpet  Trombone  Tuba  Percussion
 HARP

Sales for String Instruments: Prepare 3 octave major and melodic minor scales up to 4 sharps or 4 flats. 1 to 2 octaves for double bass with no displacement. You will be asked to play either ONE major scale and arpeggio or ONE melodic minor scale and arpeggio. All scales and arpeggios are to be MEMORIZED. Scales and arpeggios must be played in even eighth notes using separate bows. Quarter note = 88-96

Sales for Wind Instruments: Prepare Chromatic scale slurred full range of the instrument, and major and melodic minor scales with arpeggio up to 4 sharps and 4 flats if range permits, tongued up and slurred down — all scales memorized, and performed in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60

Preparing for your Audition

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Each orchestra has specific requirements specifically designed to match the level of music the orchestra performs. Make sure you have chosen the correct level for your playing experience. 

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Scholarship Information

The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is committed to ensuring Tampa Bay’s most talented young musicians have every opportunity to participate in the orchestral program.  Thanks to a grant from Macy’s Inc. and other generous donors, TMYO has a financial assistance program which offers scholarships to help students with financial need offset tuition fees. To learn more about financial assitance, click below.