Children ages five to eighteen from eight surrounding counties participate in weekly orchestra rehearsals and perform for audiences throughout the year. Participation in orchestras develops children’s skills in socialization and teamwork, and teaches them self-discipline and self-esteem. Orchestra Kentucky began the youth orchestra program in 2001 because orchestra is not widely available in our area public schools.

To find the right orchestra for you, please contact the orchestra office at 270-846-2426 or email us at info@OrchestraKentucky.com


Prelude Strings

For those who have studied for one or more years.

Youth Strings

For those who read music and can play at a moderate skill level.

Youth Symphony

For advanced music readers and players. Membership is by audition only.

AUDITIONS


Auditions are required for the Youth Symphony only. 


VIOLIN

2 octave scales: G, A, B flat, D Major
Solo—Suzuki book 4 level or higher
Sight reading

VIOLA

2 octave scales: C, D, E flat, G major
Solo—Suzuki book 4 level or higher
Sight reading

CELLO

2 octave scales: C, D, E flat, G major
Solo—Suzuki book 4 level or higher
Sight reading

BASS

2 octave scales: E major, G major
Solo—Suzuki book 4 level or higher
Sight reading

The Youth Symphony rehearses for one and one-half hours at Bowling Green Presbyterian Church on State Street on Thursday afternoons from 4-5:30. The Youth orchestra meets two semesters during the year.
Tuition for each semester is $100 per student and is payable at the first rehearsal of each semester.
The Prelude Strings and Youth Symphony are conducted by Brian St. John.

Email:brian.stjohn@wku.edu

Call the orchestra office at (270) 846-2426, or e-mail us at info@OrchestraKentucky.com

DR. BRIAN ST. JOHN

YOUTH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR

Dr. Brian St. John is the Baker Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Western Kentucky University. Out of his 23 years of professional conducting he has 16 years of experience with student and youth orchestras. Dr. St. John has written and premiered eight ballets designed for young musicians and dancers.

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