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Curb Youth Symphony & Nashville Youth Orchestra Program

Curb Youth Symphony

The Nashville Youth Orchestra Program encompasses eight student orchestras at different levels of skill. All orchestras are open by audition to students in the third through the 12th grade from Nashville and surrounding communities. Auditions are scheduled in August. 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.

The orchestras

Curb Youth Symphony
Director: Carol Nies

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

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 Contest on each concert. Students will 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 include students from Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. Curb Youth Symphony is sponsored jointly by the Nashville Symphony and the Blair School of Music. Tuition: $140 per semester. Contact Carol Nies for more information.

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Philharmonia Orchestra
Director: Carol Nies

Rehearsals: 2-4:30 p.m. Sundays. All rehearsals are in Music Rehearsal Hall (124 28th Ave. S.)

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 include students from Tennessee and Kentucky. Membership in the Philharmonia is open by audition. Audition requirements are the same as for the Curb Youth Symphony. Tuition: $140 per semester. Contact Carol Nies for more information.

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Nashville Repertory Orchestra
Director: Craig Madole

Rehearsals: 6:30-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. All rehearsals are in Instrumental Rehearsal Hall at Blair School.

The Repertory Orchestra is a full orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings) of outstanding middle school and high school students performing arrangements of standard orchestral literature. Students have the opportunity to work with Blair School of Music faculty and Nashville Symphony Orchestra members in section rehearsals and master classes. Membership in the Repertory Orchestra is open by audition. Tuition: $140 per semester. Contact Craig Madole for more information.

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Youth Strings Orchestras (three sections)
Director: Celeste Tuten

Rehearsals:
YSO I: 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 2190, beginning September 6
YSO II: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Room 2190, beginning September 8
YSO III: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Room 2190, beginning September 8

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 1 music. These groups perform two or three concerts each season and meet for one 60-minute session weekly. They are open to all string students in Nashville and surrounding areas by audition and the recommendation of the private instructor. Tuition: $140 per semester.

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Reading Orchestra
Director: Celeste Tuten

Rehearsals: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 2190, beginning September 6

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 two or three concerts each season and meets for one 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. Tuition: $140 per semester.

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Beginning Reading Orchestra
Director: Celeste Tuten

Rehearsals: 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Room 2190, beginning September 6

The Beginning Reading Orchestra introduces fundamentals of orchestra playing and music theory, and develops music-reading skills. It is open by audition to all string students in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Tuition: $140 per semester.

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2018 Summer Repertory Orchestra

Dates: To be announced
Craig Madole, director

The 2018 Summer Repertory 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 SRO is open by audition to students in grades 6-12. See the SRO page for more information, online audition instructions and the application.

 

2018 Summer Strings

Celeste Halbrook Tuten, director

Young string players (grades 3-11) are invited to participate in our six-week Summer Strings program. Dates for 2018 are yet to be announced. For more information and to schedule audition times, call Ms. Tuten at 615-746-5212 or email her.