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Craig Madole, director

The Vanderbilt Youth Orchestras have been an integral part of the Blair Academy since 1972. Comprising eight orchestras, the program draws outstanding young musicians from throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The Vanderbilt Youth Orchestras are open by audition to students in the third through the 12th grades. The VYO provides a high-quality orchestral experience at all levels, in addition to a fun, supportive and challenging learning environment. Members of the VYO have the opportunity to work with professional conductors and coaches from the Blair School of Music faculty and the Nashville Symphony. Students accepted for membership are encouraged to be in good standing in their school's music organizations. For information about becoming a part of VYO, contact Craig Madole.

Vanderbilt Youth Orchestras

Curb Youth Symphony, Nathan Aspinall, artistic director

Beginning in Fall 2022, Nathan Aspinall, the associate conductor of the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra, will also serve as conductor and artistic director of the Curb Youth Symphony (CYS) at Vanderbilt Blair. This is the most advanced ensemble in the VYO program, and draws students from all over the region.  As the presenting orchestra for the Curb Concerto Competition and collaborating ensemble for the  Nashville Symphony Orchestra side-by-side experience, concerts will be held at Blair and the Schermerhorn.  An intensive sectional experience is coached by members of the NSO and Blair faculty. Rehearsals are 6:35-9:05pm, Mondays. The first Fall 2022 rehearsal is September 12. Tuition is $195 per semester. For more information, contact Craig Madole.  


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.   Membership is open to students in grades 8-12 by audition.   Philharmonia will perform each semester and serve as the We Are Nashville Festival Orchestra at the Schermerhorn.  Audition requirements are the same as for the Curb Youth Symphony.  Sectionals are provided by members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Blair faculty.  Rehearsals are 2-4:30pm, Sundays. The first Fall 22 rehearsal is September 11. Tuition is $195 per semester. For more information, contact Craig Madole.

Repertory Orchestra, Tiffany Turner, director

Repertory Orchestra is a full orchestra experience (woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings) with students performing arrangements of standard orchestral repertoire.  This ensemble is open by audition to students in grades 6-12.  Sectionals are provided by members of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Blair faculty. Rehearsals are 6:30-8:45pm, Mondays. The first rehearsal during Fall 2022 is September 6.  Tuition is $195 per semester.


Youth Strings Orchestra and Reading Orchestra

The Youth Strings Orchestra provides training for young string students and prepares them for admission into the Repertory Orchestra. 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 ensembles perform a concert each semester and meet on Monday evenings. Rehearsals: Mondays 7:15-8:15pm. Tuition is $195 per semester. For more information, contact Craig Madole.

The Reading Orchestra focuses on strengthening string students' music-reading skills. This class also introduces fundamentals of orchestral playing and music theory. This ensemble performs each semester and meets for one weekly 45-minute session weekly. It is open to all string students in Nashville and the surrounding areas by audition and recommendation of the private instructor. Rehearsals: Mondays 6:15-7:00pm. Tuition is $195 per semester. For more information, contact Craig Madole.

Read more about audition requirements for Curb Youth Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Read more about audition requirements for the Repertory Orchestra, Youth Strings and Reading Orchestra programs.

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