June 20, 2018
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About Austin Youth Orchestra
The Austin Youth Orchestra (AYO) Program, founded in 1993, was established to enhance orchestral music education in the metropolitan Austin and central Texas area. The various orchestras accommodate different levels of experience, playing ability, and age groupings.  Membership in the AYO program is an enriching, rewarding, and enjoyable experience in that students receive comprehensive and intensive orchestral instruction, including regular performances at various venues of the highest quality of literature in addition to opportunities to observe master classes by Austin Symphony Orchestra guest artists.  

Who is Eligible for Membership? 

Membership in AYO is open to all interested students in grades 3 through 12 who qualify through the audition process. String students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in good standing in their school orchestra. Wind and percussion students must be members in good standing in their school band programs. Membership in the AYO program is contingent upon payment of tuition and return of the membership acceptance form with the school orchestra/band director's signature verifying that the student is a member in good standing in the school orchestra/band program. 

Which Youth Orchestra Is Right for Me? 
 

Prelude Orchestra 
The Prelude Orchestra is a string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is designed for string students who have had ½ to 1 full-year of orchestra experience (Grade 6 & 7).  It is offered in the Spring semesters only.




Concertante Orchestra 
The Concertante Orchestra is a string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is designed for beginning string students with limited reading experience. Students at the Suzuki Book Level I or a comparable level who have mastered proper position for their instrument are eligible for this orchestra.   It is offered in both Fall and Spring semesters.

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Intermezzo Orchestra 
The Intermezzo Orchestra is a string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is designed for students who have had limited orchestral experience and who are working on mastering their reading ability. Students at the Suzuki Book Level 2 or a comparable level who play with proper position for their instrument are eligible for this orchestra.  

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Camerata Orchestra 
The Camerata Orchestra is a string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is designed for intermediate string players who are learning to master bow control, vibrato, and shifting into higher positions. Students at the Suzuki Book Level 3 or a comparable level who have mastered proper position and who play with accurate intonation and resonant tone are eligible for this orchestra.  



Sinfonietta Orchestra 
The Sinfonietta Orchestra is a string orchestra (violin, viola, cello, bass) that is designed for intermediate string players who are learning to master bow control, vibrato, and shifting into higher positions. Students at the Suzuki Book Level 4 or a comparable level who have mastered proper position and who play with accurate intonation and resonant tone are eligible for this orchestra.  



Philharmonic Orchestra 
The Philharmonic Orchestra is a string orchestra during the fall semester and a full orchestra (strings, winds, and percussion) during the spring semester. The Philharmonic is designed for advanced string, wind, and percussion players who wish to further their instrumental musical education with challenging orchestral repertoire. String players at the Suzuki Book Level 5 or a comparable level who have mastered proper position, play with accurate intonation and resonant tone, shift accurately into all positions, and play with refined bow control and vibrato are eligible for this orchestra. Wind and percussion players who have qualified for Texas Music Educators Association Region Orchestra are eligible for this orchestra by invitation (if openings in the specific wind/percussion sections exist) – not audition. Students may not be considered for membership in the Philharmonic Orchestra prior to grade 6. 
  
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Symphony Orchestra 
The Symphony Orchestra is a string orchestra during the fall semester and a full orchestra (strings, winds, and percussion) during the spring semester. The Symphony is designed for highly advanced string, wind, and percussion players who wish to further their instrumental musical education with high-level orchestral repertoire. String players who have mastered proper position, play with accurate intonation and resonant tone, shift accurately into all positions, and play with refined bow control and vibrato are eligible for this orchestra. Wind and percussion players who have qualified for Texas Music Educators Association Region High School Orchestra are eligible for this orchestra by invitation (if openings in the specific wind/percussion sections exist) – not audition. Students may not be considered for membership in the Symphony Orchestra prior to grade 9. 




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