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Curb Youth Symphony & Nashville Youth Orchestra Program

Curb Youth Symphony

Carol Nies, director

The Nashville Youth Orchestra Program encompasses eight orchestras at all skill levels, drawing outstanding young musicians from throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. All orchestras are open by audition to students in the third through the 12th grades. NYOP auditions are scheduled in August. Additional auditions for the five string orchestras are also held in January. (See contact information below.) Students accepted for membership are encouraged to be in good standing in their own school music organizations. The Nashville Youth Orchestra Program provides unique opportunities to experience masterpieces of orchestral literature and to work with professional coaches and conductors. For more information, contact Carol Nies.

Nashville Youth Orchestras 

NYOP: Beginning Reading Orchestra

Celeste Tuten, director

The Beginning Reading Orchestra introduces fundamentals of orchestral playing and music theory and develops music-reading skills. It is open to all string students in Nashville and the surrounding areas by audition. For more information, contact Celeste Tuten.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Blair School of Music Room 2190

NOTE: Families enrolling two or more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Audition information

NYOP: Curb Youth Symphony Orchestra

Carol Nies, director

The Curb Youth Symphony is the most advanced ensemble of the Nashville Youth Orchestra Program. It performs masterpieces of standard orchestral literature and features winners of the CYS Concerto Competition. Students have the opportunity to work with both Nashville Symphony Orchestra members and Blair School of Music faculty members in section rehearsals and master classes. An annual CYS/NSO side-by-side concert is performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Members of the CYS included students from Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. Membership is open to students in grades 8-12 by audition. The Curb Youth Symphony is sponsored by the Nashville Symphony and Blair School of Music. For more information, contact Carol Nies

Rehearsals: Monday, 6:35-9:05 p.m. in Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, Blair School of Music

NOTE: Families enrolling two or more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Download the Spring 2020 schedule

Audition information

Take a look! Photos of the Curb Youth Symphony in action

 

NYOP: Philharmonia Orchestra

Craig Madole, director

The Philharmonia is a full orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp and strings) of outstanding young musicians performing masterpieces of standard orchestral literature. Students will have the opportunity to work with Blair School of Music faculty and Nashville Symphony Orchestra members in section rehearsals and master classes. Members of the Philharmonia included students from Tennessee and Kentucky. Membership is open to students in grades 7-12 by audition. Audition requirements are the same as for the Curb Youth Symphony. For more information, contact Craig Madole.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 2:00-4:30 p.m., at Vanderbilt Music Rehearsal Hall, 124 28th Ave. S.

NOTE: Families enrolling two or more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Audition information

NYOP: Reading Orchestra

Celeste Tuten, director

The Reading Orchestra focuses on strengthening string students' music-reading skills. This class also introduces fundamentals of orchestral playing and music theory. This ensemble gives two or three concerts each season and meets for one weekly 60-minute session weekly. It is open to all string students in Nashville and the surrounding areas by audition and recommendation of the private instructor. For more information, contact Celeste Tuten.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Blair School of Music Room 2190

NOTE: Families enrolling two or more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Audition information

 

NYOP: Youth Repertory Orchestra

Cassandra Brosvik, director

The Repertory Orchestra is a full orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp and strings) of outstanding high school and middle school students performing arrangements of standard orchestral literature. Students will have the opportunity to work with Blair School of Music faculty and Nashville Symphony Orchestra members in section rehearsals and master classes. Membership is open to students in grades 7-12 by audition. The orchestra presents two concerts each year. For more information, contact Cassandra Brosvik.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:45 p.m., Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, Blair School of Music

NOTE: Families enrolling two or more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% tuition discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Audition information

NYOP: Youth Strings Orchestra

Celeste Tuten, director

The Youth Strings Orchestras provide training for young string students and prepare them for admission into the Repertory Orchestra. Students must be able to read at least level-one music. The Youth Strings Orchestras are open to all string students in Nashville and the surrounding areas by audition and recommendation of the private instructor. These groups give several concerts each season and meet for one 60-minute session weekly. For more information, contact Celeste Tuten.

Youth Strings I: Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Blair School of Music Room 2190

Youth Strings II: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Blair School of Music Room 2190

Youth Strings II: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Blair School of Music Room 2190

NOTE: Families enrolling two ore more students in NYOP ensembles will receive a 25% discount. Please contact the Blair Academy Registrar if you have questions about applying the discount.

Audition information

2020 Summer Orchestras at Blair

cys2020 Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute

Dates: Monday, May 25-Friday, May 29
Carol Nies, director

The 2020 Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute at Blair will feature the NSOI Concerto Competition, an intensive orchestral experience, master classes, section rehearsals and a final concert featuring the Concerto Competition winner.  Faculty will include Blair professors and Nashville Symphony Orchestra members. The NSOI is open by audition to students in grades 8-12, college students, graduate students and adults. See the NSOI page for more information, online audition instructions and the online application.

For more information, contact Carol Nies.

 

2020 Summer Young Artists Orchestra

Dates: June 8-12
Craig Madole, director

The 2020 Summer Young Artists Orchestra will include rehearsals, master classes, section rehearsals, and a final concert featuring all participants. Faculty will include Blair professors and Nashville Symphony Orchestra members. The SYAO is open by audition to students in grades 6-12. See the SYAO page for more information, online audition instructions and the application.

2020 Summer Strings!

Celeste Halbrook Tuten, director

Young string players (grades 3-11) are invited to participate in our six-week Summer Strings program.

Beginning Reading Orchestra
6 p.m. Thursdays, May 28-July 9

Reading Orchestra
7 p.m. Thursdays, May 28-July 9

Youth Strings Orchestra
YSO I: 5 p.m. Tuesdays, June 2-July 7
YSO II: 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 2-July 7
YSO III: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 2-July 7

Contact Celeste Tuten at 615-746-5212 or email her for more information or to schedule an audition.
Tuition: $85

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