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Carol Nies, 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 Carol Nies.

Vanderbilt Youth Orchestras

Curb Youth Symphony, Carol Nies, director

Sponsored jointly by the Blair School of Music and Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the most advanced ensemble of the program draws students from all over the region.

Philharmonia Orchestra, Craig Madole, director

This full orchestra (grades 8-12) performs major orchestral works.

Repertory Orchestra, Ashly Martella, director

Repertory Orchestra is a full orchestra experience for students in grades 6-12.

Youth Strings I and II and Reading Orchestra

String students begin their orchestral experience and are carefully guided through the program as they progress in skill and understanding.

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

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

Registration information for Spring 2021

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