Anne Rupert, Conductor

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Rehearsals: Monday 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Katherine Johnson Middle School

Symphonic Orchestra
TCSYO Symphonic Orchestra performs at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, January 12, 2020

The Symphonic Orchestra separates itself from other Youth Orchestras in the Washington D.C. area through their unique rehearsal configuration. It alternates with weeks of intense sectionals during the first half of the rehearsal, at which time the woodwinds, brass, and percussion sections work with their TCSYO Artistic Specialist. Not only will the artistic specialists teach the orchestral material, they will teach their students the intricacy of ensemble playing. The strings students benefit from these sessions as well, working with Conductor Mrs. Anne Rupert on advanced ensemble playing techniques such as 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.

Musicians have the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of challenging classical masterpieces from the standard symphonic repertoire, and perform at various concert halls throughout the year. Literature includes works with artistic challenges for the collegiate-level player and explores the rich and exciting repertoire. Past literature is available for review here. Members are chosen through competitive auditions held each spring. Our distinct focus is on student learning and giving our musicians a commanding perception of orchestral ensemble playing. TCSYO provides members with a high quality and innovative artistic experience and strives to encourage musical and personal growth through the art of performance.

Bass player

Below is the Unique Two Week Rehearsal Rotation Schedule
for the 2022-23 Symphonic Orchestra Season:

Week One:

  • Mrs. Anne Rupert, TCSYO Conductor works with the Full Symphonic Orchestra from 7:00 – 9:30 PM
  • Mr. Jacob Harpster, Director of TCSYO’s Percussion Ensemble, will rotate students in and out of the full rehearsal, giving each percussion student the opportunity to master techniques on all the instruments.

Week Two:

  • Mrs. Anne Rupert, TCSYO Conductor will work with the string sections during the first half of the rehearsal.  Mrs. Rupert's expertise on the cello and her knowledge of all the string instruments gives students the unmatched opportunity for learning and music making on their instrument.  
    • ensemble playing techniques
    • left-hand fluency
    • right-hand music making
  • Mr. Jacob Harpster, Director of Percussion will work with his percussion students, learning advanced techniques devoted exclusively to the sonic and expressive possibilities of percussion instruments during the first half of the rehearsal.  
  • Mr. Kenneth Lee, Director of Woodwinds will work with the woodwind section during the first half of the rehearsal, focusing on orchestra music and developing ensemble skills.
  • Mr. Eric Hoang, Director of Brass will work with the brass section during the first half of the rehearsal, focusing on orchestra music and developing ensemble skills.

Bill Wielgus, oboist with the NSO, works with the woodwind section on May 8, 2017
Photograph by:M. Czuczor ...........

Jim Bittner, trumpet player, works with the brass section on May 8, 2017

Auditions are required and will be scheduled after registration is received. Partial tuition assistance is available for qualified families.


Symphonic Orchestra performs Khachaturian - Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia 2016



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