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Youth Orchestra

For students 8th through 12th grade. The most advanced youth ensemble boasts some of the top student musicians in the state. Musicians in this group consistently place at the top of the All-State Band and Orchestra Competition and are leaders in their schools and communities.

Audition Requirements

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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 should prepare one major scale, 2-3 octaves; one melodic minor scale, 2-3 octaves; two prepared pieces or movements of contrasting style and tempo, unaccompanied; and sight-reading. In addition, students may have opportunities to participate in masterclasses with visiting ASO guest artists, and have opportunities to receive coaching and performance opportunities in smaller 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.

All students should be in the 8th grade through high school. Selected woodwinds and brass students can be up to age 20.


Geoffrey Robson - Conductor


Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

This calendar includes all events for Prelude, Academy, and ASYO

Click here to download the calendar in iCal format (for use in other applications)

Masks and Vaccines Required

All ASO musicians, guest artists and staff, venue staff, and patrons are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all ASO indoor concerts.

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