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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall auditions will be held on Thursday, September 12th and Sunday, September 15th at the Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street, Bangor (3rd floor). Use the link below to apply and schedule your audition, or to sign-up for the Pre-Orchestra Program.
- 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
The Pre-Orchestra Program offers beginning string players their first taste of ensemble playing. As an introductory group, students will learn the importance of following a conductor, listening, and playing together. Pre-Orchestra meets every other week for 45 minutes. No audition required.
The Prelude String Orchestra (Sascha Zaburdaeva, conductor) provides a solid foundation for intermediate 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 intermediate woodwind, brass and percussion 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.