Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras to hold auditions


SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Youth Symphony, Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Youth String Ensemble, and Springfield Children’s Chorus, all educational components of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO), will hold auditions for the 2015-2016 season on Monday, Aug. 10. The auditions will be held at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave. All orchestral instruments are welcome to audition for the orchestras and the Children’s Chorus is seeking vocalists in the 4th through 8th grades or with unchanged voices.

Under the direction of Music Director Carlos Elias, the Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS) provides ensemble and solo performances in a full orchestra setting through concerts and outreach activities. The Youth String Ensemble and Youth Chamber Orchestra serve beginning and intermediate string players in a group performance experience that introduces members to string literature with a focus on ensemble skills. The Children’s Chorus, led by conductor Jennifer Wightman, offers vocalists an opportunity to sing in a traditional children’s chorus setting with many performance opportunities. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from September to April in the professional environment of the Clark State Performing Arts Center.

The Springfield Youth Orchestra program features opportunities for chamber music, professional coaching and instruction from SSO members, and a Side-by Side concert with the SSO. As part of the orchestra’s Project Protégé program, select Youth Symphony students may perform with the Springfield Symphony on a subscription concert. The LiveWire program offers Youth Symphony and Youth Chamber Orchestra members the opportunity to perform in a chamber ensemble setting on gigs in the Springfield community.

The Children’s Chorus program allows students to perform in a Side-by-Side concert with the SSO, participate in holiday caroling at local nursing homes, an annual choral Invitational event and other events throughout the season.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Ashley Cain at the SSO office at 937-325-8100 or by e-mail at acain@springfieldsym.org. You can also view audition brochures and submit your audition application online at www.springfieldsym.org.