Ensemble Groups

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Prelude Orchestra

for students in 4th through 8th grade

Students need to have studied their instruments for at least 2 years and demonstrate, in their audition, two sharps and two flats in first position. Experience in third position is desired but not required. Students in this group MUST be able to read music and must be familiar with the concept of, and received an introduction to, shifting. 

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Academy Orchestra

for students in 7th through 12th grade

The Academy Orchestra is the intermediate-level ensemble with a full complement of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Entrance is by audition only. String players must demonstrate facility above 1st position and in keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. Woodwind and Brass players must be at the level to make All-Region Band and Orchestra. 

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Youth Orchestra

for students in 8th through 12th grade

The Youth Orchestra consists of the most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players from around the state. Entrance is by audition only and for those whose audition demonstrates familiarity with advanced techniques, in order to perform the standard orchestra repertoire. Students may have opportunities to participate in masterclasses with visiting ASO guest artists and have opportunities to receive coaching and performance opportunities in small chamber ensembles. In some circumstances, students auditioning for the Woodwind and Brass Sections may be replaced in the group on a probationary basis, with the opportunity to audition later for a tenured spot in the orchestra. Selected woodwinds and brass students can be up to age 20.

Tuition Information

Tuition per school year is $300 for all groups. You may pay online here or via check payable to the ASOYE. Mail to the ASO Youth Orchestra Manager, PO Box 7328, Little Rock, AR 72217.

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