Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association

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The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association (KSYOA) is to educate young musicians through high-quality orchestral training in a professional environment while developing new audiences for symphonic music.

Celebrating its 49th season, The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association (KSYOA) has trained the most talented musicians in the region. Comprising six ensembles – five string orchestras and one full orchestra – the KSYOA engages over 300 members each season. Our members are coached by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra musicians, providing technical and musical training during weekly rehearsals. All of our ensembles perform three yearly concerts at the Historic Tennessee Theatre.

For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, contact Kathy Hart

The KSYOA is proudly sponsored by the Knoxville Symphony League and the Knoxville Symphony Society, Inc.

KSYOA Application Form Coming June 20, 2022

  • Ensembles

    Youth Orchestra
    Youth Orchestra serves students who have studied their instrument for a minimum of six years and have no less than five years of ensemble/orchestral experience (There are some exceptions for woodwind, brass and percussion students). All Youth Orchestra members must actively attend weekly private lessons and demonstrate advanced skills and technique, including proficient sight-reading abilities. Students must be in the 8th grade or above to participate in this ensemble. This ensemble offers a limited number of seats, making it highly competitive to enroll.
    Average Age Range: 14-18

    Chamber Orchestra
    Chamber Orchestra serves students who have studied a string instrument for a minimum of four years and have no less than three years of ensemble/orchestral experience. All Chamber Orchestra members must actively attend weekly private lessons, work on advanced string repertoire and have advanced sight-reading abilities. Students must be in the 6th grade or above to participate in this ensemble. This ensemble offers a limited number of seats, making it highly competitive to enroll.
    Average Age Range: 13-18

    Sinfonia Orchestra
    Sinfonia Orchestra serves students who have studied a string instrument for a minimum of three years and have no less than three years of ensemble/orchestral experience. All Sinfonia Orchestra members must actively attend weekly private lessons, possess a confident and effective set up, and have strong sight-reading abilities. Students must be in the 5th grade or above to participate in this ensemble.
    Average Age Range: 11-18

    Philharmonia Orchestra
    Philharmonia Orchestra serves students who have studied a string instrument a minimum of two years and have no less than one year of ensemble/orchestral experience. All Philharmonia Orchestra members are advised to take private lessons, possess a good set up and technique, and demonstrate fair sight-read abilities.

    Average Age Range: 8-16

    Preludium Orchestra
    Preludium Orchestra serves students who have studied a string instrument a minimum of two years. Some ensemble/orchestral experience is preferred, but not required. All Preludium Orchestra members are advised to take private lessons, possess a good set up and technique, and demonstrate basic sight-read abilities.

    Average Age Range: 6-14

    Junior Orchestra
    Junior Orchestra serves beginning students. No ensemble/orchestral experience is required. All Junior Orchestra members are advised to take private lessons, be able to recognize notes, and have basic set up and technique. This ensemble focuses on improving music literacy and instrumental proficiency.

    Minimum Age: 6

    For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, contact Kathy Hart

  • Rehearsal Schedule & Location

    Bearden Middle School,
    1000 Francis Rd, Knoxville, TN 37909

    Click here for 2022-23 Season Rehearsal Schedule

    For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, contact Kathy Hart

  • Auditions/Application

    AUDITIONS for 2022-23 Season
    Audition Fee: $20
    Membership Fee: $250
    Retreat Fee: $25 (for members selected to participate in the Youth Orchestra ensemble)

    August 18 – 22, 2022
    Bearden Middle School,
    1000 Francis Rd, Knoxville, TN 37909

    Students should enter the school off of Francis Road.
    Please enter the doors under the awning in front of the parking lot.

     

    Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Audition Requirements:

    Audition Excerpts will be posted by June 20, 2022

    Sinfonia, Philharmonia, Preludium, and Junior Orchestras Audition Requirements (Strings Only):

    Demonstration of a prepared scale – student’s choice (20%)

    Approximately one minute of a prepared solo that demonstrates the player’s most advanced level of technical and musical development (40%)

    Sight-reading (40%)

    KSYOA Application Form Coming June 20, 2022

    For more information on the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra Association, contact Kathy Hart