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Rivers Youth Orchestras

The Rivers Youth Orchestra program boasts five orchestras for students ages 7-18. There are 4 levels of string orchestra and one symphony orchestra. The orchestras rehearse Fridays at 4pm and perform several concerts throughout the year.

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Specific scales for each specific ensemble are listed on the final page of the application.


Rivers Wind Ensemble

The Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble is open to all high school-age (grades 8–12) woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, double bass, and piano students. The ensemble is designed to provide high school musicians the opportunity to perform the finest contemporary and traditional repertoire in an advanced wind ensemble setting. RWE rehearses Mondays at 7pm throughout the school year.

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Ensembles
PrimoChris Brainard, conductor
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:00-5:15 PM

Primo is a student's first orchestral experience. Students must be enrolled in private lessons. Candidates should demonstrate ease of playing in first position on all four strings and be able to proficiently read those notes. Students should have modest sight-reading abilities, and may be working on beginning shifting. 

Audition requirements: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, 1 or 2 octave scales of the musician's choice

PreparatoryWhitney Tandon, conductor
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:00-5:30 PM

Preparatory is designed for young string players ready for intermediate string repertoire. Candidates can read music proficiently and have strong sight-reading abilities. Preparatory students demonstrate ease of playing in the first three positions and may be developing or playing with vibrato.
Audition requirements: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, 2 octave scales of the musician's choice

SinfoniaSusan Memoli, conductor
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:00-5:30 PM

Sinfonia is for musicians who can rehearse and perform intermediate through medium-advanced string orchestra repertoire. Candidates are able to use a variety of bow strokes, demonstrate use of vibrato, and comfortably play in the first four positions.
Audition requirements: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, 3 octave major scales of the musician's choice through 3 sharps and 3 flats (violin/viola/cello), 2 octave major scales of the musician's choice through 3 sharps and 3 flats (double bass)

PhilharmoniaColleen MacDonald, conductor
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:00-5:30 PM

Philharmonia is for advanced string players that will perform advanced string orchestra repertoire. Candidates should possess highly developed technique, familiarity with the first five positions, mature sound, and proficient sight-reading abilities.
Audition requirements: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, selected 3 octave major scales through 4 sharps and 4 flats

Youth SymphonyChristopher Memoli, conductor
Rehearsals: Fridays, 4:00-6:00 PM

This is the only orchestra for both string and wind players. RYS provides orchestra training for advanced student musicians. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to rehearse and perform advanced orchestral repertoire and excellent sight-reading skills.
Audition Requirements:
Strings: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, selected 3 octave major scales
Winds and Brass: Excerpts from 2 contrasting selections, full range of chromatic scale and selected major scales