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Ensembles 2019-20

With inquiries regarding auditions and enrollment, please contact SDSYO Administrator Jessica Johannsen at jess.johannsen@sdsymphony.org, or (605) 335-7933 x14.


Youth Orchestra

Rehearsal: Sundays, 4:00​pm – 6:30​pm​, September​ ​​– May
Rehearsal Location: Patrick Henry Middle School
Conductor: Thomas Fortner

Youth Orchestra is an advanced, full symphonic orchestra that performs masterpieces from the standard orchestral repertoire at a highly proficient level. Members are selected through auditions only and are generally advanced high school players.


Philharmonia

Rehearsal: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, September – May
Rehearsal Location: Patrick Henry Middle School
Conductor: Jeffrey Paul

Philharmonia is an intermediate-level, full symphonic orchestra that performs arrangements from the standard orchestral repertoire while refining students’ orchestral techniques. Members are selected through auditions only and are generally middle school and high school players.


Sinfonia

Rehearsal: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, September – May
Rehearsal Location: Patrick Henry Middle School
Conductor: Thomas Fortner

Sinfonia is a strings-only orchestra for developing players. Students perform pieces designed to promote both the growth of their individual talents and their collective ensemble techniques. Members are selected through auditions only and are generally elementary school and middle school players.


Prelude Strings

Rehearsal: Mondays, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, December – February
Rehearsal Location: Patrick Henry Middle School
Conductor: Thomas Fortner ​

Prelude Strings is an entry-level string ensemble designed to introduce young musicians to cooperative musicianship and life-long appreciation of music. No auditions are required for students interested in participating in Prelude Strings.


Camerata

Rehearsal: Days/times vary per groups and are arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Rehearsal Location: Arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Instructors: Beverly Gibson, Sarah Richter, Sue Sidoti, Karren Melik Stepanov

Camerata is available for ages 6-18 with students placed in small chamber ensembles according to their ability level. Camerata fosters technical skill with a challenging repertoire of chamber music while working in small, intimate groups with focused mentoring from instructors.