MYSP Preparatory Orchestra

MYSP Preparatory Orchestra

Auditions

Auditions will be held in the spring, fall, and on an ongoing basis. Use the button below to arrange an audition time with our conductors.

Audition requirements for MYSP Preparatory Orchestra:

  • Must be able to read music and have been playing for at least one year (typically studying at a level equivalent to Suzuki Book 3 or higher)
  • One 2-octave scale of your choice
  • Two contrasting pieces of your choice
  • Sight-reading

 

About the MYSP Preparatory Orchestra

The MYSP Preparatory Orchestra is a 15-20 member orchestra open to all beginner instrumentalists.

Suggested ages 9-13
Academic Year: Full-year, September - May
Time: Saturdays, 1:15 pm
Conductor: Will be announced shortly!

Tuition: $700 + $20 registration fee, $30 audition fee (if not a current returning MYSP student)

Discounts/Scholarships: If you plan to register for private lessons at Powers in addition to MYSP, please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP chair positions and Conservatory Program scholarships!

This orchestra aims to improve basic fundamental skills of string playing as well as helping students to acquire new skills such as 3rd position, martele, spiccato, and sight-reading in a creative and participatory environment. It is highly recommended that students participate in the MYSP Preparatory Orchestra to learn requisite skills for advancement into the MYSP Chamber Orchestra.

Recent repertoire includes:

Appalachian Suite by Douglas Wagner
Musette and Minuet by J.S. Bach
"Nimrod" from Variations on an Original Theme by Edward Elgar
"Main Title" from Star Wars by John Williams

 

MYSP 2018-2019 Performances

  • Winter Concert: Sunday, December 16, 3:00 pm, at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, featuring select Powers chamber ensembles!
  • Mid-Year Concert: Sunday, March 10, 3:00 pm, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord, featuring Powers Conservatory Program students!
  • Spring Concert: Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm, at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, featuring select Powers chamber ensembles and the winner of the 2019 Martha B. Sosman Concerto Competition!

 

Audition process for new and returning MYSP students:

Students NEW to the MYSP program interested in joining the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project for the 2018-2019 academic year (or current students hoping to move up a level) should complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an online audition form here to schedule an individual placement audition.
  2. Pay your audition fee of $30 per student (waived for continuing MYSP students).
    To pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account). 
  3. Once we have received your audition webform and audition fee, a staff member will contact you to schedule and confirm your audition time. Please read our audition requirements below to prepare for your audition.
  4. You will be notified of acceptance shortly after your audition. If accepted, please complete your registration and submit your tuition payment within two weeks of acceptance. Your payment will include the $20 registration fee and full tuition for the MYSP program, unless a payment plan has been arranged. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP chair positions and Conservatory Program scholarships!
    To register/pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account). Please call the office if you received financial aid or a merit scholarship or have been accepted into the Conservatory Program.
    To register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2018-2019 Registration Form, and a 2018-2019 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

Current 2017-2018 MYSP students planning to continue for the 2018-2019 academic year should complete the following steps:

  1. You may pre-register by completing your registration and submitting your tuition payment. Your payment will include the $20 registration fee and full tuition for the MYSP program, unless a payment plan has been arranged. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP chair positions and Conservatory Program scholarships!
    To register/pay online: Click here to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account). Please call the office if you received financial aid or a merit scholarship, or have been accepted into the Conservatory Program.
    To register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2018-2019 Registration Form, and a 2018-2019 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.
 

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