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The Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras (BSYO), an education program of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra (BSO), gives qualified students ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to gain performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment. The BSYO comprise students who are invited, following an audition, to join one of four ensembles: the Pre-Orchestra Program, the Prelude String Orchestra, the Prelude Wind Ensemble, or the Philharmonic Orchestra. Program features and details are listed below.

For information, please call the BSYO at 207.942.5555 or email bsyo@bangorsymphony.org

Announcements

Apply now for the 2017-18 BSYO Season! Auditions will be held on September 14th and 17th.

Program Features

  • Instruction with BSO musicians, conductors and guest artists
  • Winter and spring performance opportunities
  • Side-by-side opportunities with BSO musicians
  • Peer exchange with other talented young musicians
  • Complimentary tickets to BSO concerts

Ensembles

The Pre-Orchestra Program (Rachael Szewc and Sascha Zaburdaeva, instructors) offers our youngest players their first taste of ensemble playing. Students will learn the importance of following a conductor, listening, and playing together. The group meets every other week for 45 minutes. No audition required. Typical age range: 6 to 10.

The Prelude String Orchestra (Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor) provides a solid foundation for younger string players seeking to gain experience in an ensemble setting. Students should possess a basic level of musicianship and will develop the skills necessary to play in a full orchestra. The Prelude String Orchestra will rehearse and perform its own repertoire, and will combine with the Prelude Wind Ensemble on occasion.

The Prelude Wind Ensemble (Becky Mallory, conductor) provides a solid foundation for younger woodwind and brass players seeking to gain experience in an ensemble setting. Students should possess a basic level of musicianship and will develop the skills necessary to play in a full orchestra. The Prelude Wind Ensemble will rehearse and perform its own repertoire, and will combine with the Prelude String Orchestra on occasion.

The Philharmonic Orchestra (Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor) is an advanced ensemble. Players should have a strong command of their instrument, possess an advanced level of musicianship and have a solid foundation of ensemble experience. Typical age range: 14-18.