Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles to Hold Auditions August 27

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) will hold auditions for the 2013-2014 season at Dubuque Senior High School on Tuesday, August 27 from 4:00 - 7:00pm.

As an educational component of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the DSYE is the premier orchestral training program for youth in the tri-state area. Its mission is to supplement and enhance music education in the schools and to promote the highest standards of musical excellence via weekly rehearsals and regularly scheduled public performances.

The DSYE include three training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with at least one year of ensemble experience or equivalent ability. The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire. 

The Philharmonia is a full-orchestra honors ensemble for string, wind, brass and percussion players.  Members generally have several years of ensemble experience and perform individually at a high-school or advanced middle-school level. 

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra is the DSYE's most advanced honors orchestra. Students typically have four or more years of ensemble experience and play individually at a pre-college or college level. Musicians gain experience performing standard classical repertoire in a full orchestra setting.

Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings throughout the school year at Dubuque Senior High School starting September 8. All of the ensembles are tuition based programs; however, financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis. No student will be denied membership in the ensembles due to inability to pay.

Audition forms and music excerpts are available online at www.dubuquesymphony.org. To schedule an audition, please call the symphony office at (563) 557-1677. Additional questions may be referred to Jennifer Klinkhammer, Education Programs Director, at jklinkhammer@dubuquesymphony.org.

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