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SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
2017 - 2018

Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-18 Season
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The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras is the premier musical destinations for aspiring young musicians in the Northern Virginia area.  TCSYO's Symphonic Orchestra separates itself from other Youth Orchestras in the Washington D.C. area through their unique rehearsal configuration.  It alternates weeks of intense sectionals during the first half of the rehearsal, at which time the woodwinds, brass and percussion sections work with TCSYO Artistic Specialists. Not only will the artistic specialists teach the orchestral material, they will also form small chamber ensembles, teaching their students the intricacy of ensemble playing. The strings students benefit from these sessions as well working with Violinist/Conductor Dr. Cheri Collins on ensemble playing techniques, left-hand fluency, and right-hand music making, giving students the opportunity to achieve a high level of musicianship over the shortest period of time.
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TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra performs at Rachael M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, December 13, 2015


Our distinct focus is on student learning, giving our musicians a commanding perception of orchestral ensemble playing; an essential element of musicianship.

Below is the Unique Two Week Rehearsal Rotation Schedule
for the 2017-18 Symphonic Orchestra Season:

Week One:

  • Dr. Cheri Collins, TCSYO Artistic Musical Director/Conductor works with the Full Symphonic Orchestra from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Dr. Steven Owen, Director of TCSYO’ Percussion Ensemble, will rotate students in and out of the full orchestra, giving each percussion student the opportunity to master techniques on all the instruments.
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Dr. Steve Owen works with students from the percussion section during rehearsal

Week Two:

  • Dr. Cheri Collins, TCSYO Artistic Musical Director/Conductor will work with the string sections during the first half of the rehearsal.  Dr. Collins expertise on the violin, her knowledge of all the string instruments, and her in-depth study of tone production gives students the unmatched opportunity for learning and music making on their instrument.  
    • ensemble playing techniques
    • left-hand fluency
    • right-hand music making
  • Dr. Steven Owen, Director of TCSYO’ Percussion Ensemble will work with his Percussion Ensemble students learning advanced techniques devoted exclusively to the sonic and expressive possibilities of percussion instruments during the first half of the rehearsal.  
  • TCSYO Woodwind Specialists will work with the woodwind section during the first half of the rehearsal.
  • TCSYO Brass Specialists will work with the brass section during the first half of the rehearsal.
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  • Bill Wielgus, oboist with the NSO, works with the woodwind section on May 8, 2017
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    Jim Bittner, trumpet player, works with the brass section on May 8, 2017

Members of the Symphonic Orchestra range in age from 14 to 18 and are chosen through competitive auditions held each spring. Though the majority of students fit into these age groups, upon request, exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Board, with consultation with Artistic Music Director/Conductor Dr. Cheri Collins.

*The percussion ensembles will have the opportunity to perform at TCSYO’ Season Concerts.

Auditions are required and will be scheduled after registration is received.

 
 
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