MYSP Chamber Orchestra

MYSP Chamber Orchestra

"Each player contributes to the whole and can really learn and develop individually in this setting. The players particularly benefit from smaller sectionals where they learn with their instrument group. The orchestra is serious enough to play interesting and difficult pieces, but it is in a supportive and positive environment. Spencer keeps the players focused but also knows how to relate well to them as young people."
- 2016/2017 MYSP Parent

Auditions

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

Audition requirements for MYSP Chamber Orchestra:

Strings

  • All 3-octave major scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats
  • One 3-octave minor scale of your choice
  • Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice: One should be fast and technical. The other should be slow and lyrical. The pieces can be two movements from the same concerto or sonata, or they can be two entirely different pieces. Your solo selections should demonstrate your highest technical skills and knowledge of style, including shifting, articulation, and expression.
  • Sight-reading

Woodwinds / Brass

  • All major scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats (1 or 2 octaves, depending on applicant's range)
  • One minor scale of your choice (1 or 2 octaves, depending on applicant's range)
  • Two contrasting solo pieces of your choice: One should be fast and technical. The other should be slow and lyrical. The pieces can be two movements from the same concerto or sonata, or they can be two entirely different pieces. Your solo selections should demonstrate your highest technical skills and knowledge of style, including shifting, articulation, and expression.
  • Sight-reading

Percussion

  • One solo piece on mallets
  • One solo piece on timpani (drums are provided for audition)



About the MYSP Chamber Orchestra

The MYSP Chamber Orchestra is a 25-30 member ensemble led by conductor, trumpeter, and educator Dr. Spencer Aston, and is open to strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instrumentalists. Placement is by audition and is based on a student's current playing level.

Suggested ages 12-18
Academic Year: Full-year, September to May
Time: Saturdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
Conductor: Dr. Spencer Aston
Tuition: $850, $30 audition fee (if not a current returning MYSP student)

Discounts/Scholarships: Any currently registered 2016/2017 MYSP students who do NOT plan to take private lessons at Powers next year are eligible for a $200 discount if registered/paid for MYSP by the last day of June 2017. If you DO plan to register for private lessons at Powers in addition to MYSP, please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP scholarships for chair positions and Conservatory Student scholarships!)

MYSP Chamber Orchestra members will benefit through participation in a smaller orchestra, requiring each individual member to be responsible for achieving mastery of their part at a level not always attained in a larger orchestra setting. Students will grow as musicians through development of musical elements such as rhythmic precision, intonation, and common ensemble performance practices.

Orchestra members can expect to explore chamber orchestra masterworks of the late 18th century through more recent works written by contemporary composers. Past repertoire examples include:

Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A. Mozart
Symphony No 94 "The Surprise" by F.J. Haydn
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Symphony No. 3 “Eroica" by L.v Beethoven

 

MYSP 2016-2017 Performances

Please join the 2016-2017 MYSP orchestras as they present their winter, mid-year, and spring concerts!

  • Winter Concert: Sunday, December 18, 4:00 pm, at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington
  • Mid-Year Concert: Sunday, March 5, 4:00 pm, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden Street, Concord
  • Spring Concert: Sunday, May 21, 4:00 pm, at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

 

Audition process for new and returning MYSP students:

Students new to the MYSP program interested in joining the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project for the 2017-2018 academic year 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.
    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 and submit your registration and tuition payment within two weeks of acceptance. Your payment will include the annual $40 registration fee, and full tuition for the MYSP program, unless a payment plan or two-semester installment plan has been arranged. Returning MYSP students who pay by the last day of June 2017 and do NOT plan to register for private lessons at Powers are eligible for a $200 returning student discount. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP scholarships for chair positions and Conservatory Student 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 are eligible for a returning student discount or music immersion discount.
    To register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2017-2018 Registration Form, and a 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

Current 2016-2017 MYSP students planning to continue for the 2017-2018 academic year should complete the following steps:

  1. You may pre-register by downloading and sending in your 2017-2018 Registration Form, a $40 registration fee for the 2017-2018 year, plus full tuition payment, unless a payment plan or two-semester installment plan has been arranged. Returning MYSP students who pay by the last day of June 2017 and do NOT plan to register for private lessons at Powers are eligible for a $200 returning student discount. Please check our Merit Scholarship page for information about MYSP scholarships for chair positions and Conservatory Student 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 are eligible for a returning student discount or music immersion discount.
    To register/pay by mail: Download and complete a 2017-2018 Registration Form, and a 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application if you are interested in applying for financial aid.
 

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