The Clarksville Youth String Orchestra (CYSO), directed by Simone Parker, was established in fall 2015. In addition to having individual instruction/group lessons, the youth orchestra provides students in the Clarksville and surrounding communities the opportunity to collaborate and perform in an ensemble from early on. It introduces musicians to the basic skills needed for ensemble playing, orchestral procedures and beautiful sound production. The orchestra is structured into three divisions:
Each division supports the other and integrates all students from the beginning. Students learn to interact with each other in a non-competitive way and prepare for orchestral auditions, which in turn encourages the transition into the APSU Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the youth orchestra serves as an opportunity for APSU college students to teach and conduct rehearsals.
The ensemble performs regularly at the APSU George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall and also at various other venues. Click on the link to view our Flashmob performance around the APSU campus: Flashmob 2014.
CYSO is an all-inclusive orchestra, all students and adult community members are welcome to play with us. The audition for new incoming students serves only to determine seating assignments.
Audition: August 15, 2016
All auditions will be held at Madison Street Music & Arts Academy (enter building from Commerce Street). No prior sign-up necessary.
Overture Division - starting orchestra members/beginners:
Open to all students of all ages, comfortable with Suzuki Book 1 Perpetual Motion or equivalent level of difficulty. Weekly attendance in group lessons and individual instruction is preferred. Repertoire will be chosen from grade levels 1 and is selected to develop basic skills in ensemble playing. This division will perform 2-3 pieces per semester and learn the material step by step.
Intermezzo Division - beginning and experienced orchestra members:
Open to all students of all ages, comfortable with Suzuki Book 1 Minuet No. 3 or equivalent level of difficulty. Weekly attendance in group lessons and individual instruction is preferred. Repertoire will be chosen from grade levels 1 or 2 and is selected to develop basic skills, such as cohesive sound production and ensemble playing.
Eleganza Division - experienced musicians:
Open to all students of all ages, comfortable with note reading and late Suzuki Book 3/beginning Book 4 or equivalent level of difficulty. Teacher recommendation is preferred. Repertoire will be chosen from grade levels 3 or 4 and is selected to build fluency in shifting and playing in the first three positions with use of vibrato. Students will have to re-audition every Fall Semester.
Please contact me for more information.