LMYO Audition Information
2019 SPRING AUDITIONS
Auditions for NEW members or those seeking to advance to a higher group
Tuesday, January 29, 6-8pm – LMYO Winds auditions
Monday, February 18, 6-8pm – LMYO Winds, Concert Strings, Encore Strings & Youth Symphony auditions
Tuesday, February 19, 6-9pm – Youth Symphony, Encore Strings, and Concert Strings auditions
Where: UPTON Middle School, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085
SPRING TERM STARTS FEBRUARY 25, 2019
First Rehearsal is 6pm, Monday, February 25, 2019
Upton Middle School, 800 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085
OPENINGS ALL SECTIONS
Auditioning students will be asked to:
• Play a solo piece of their choice - no accompanist required
• Sight Read
• Scales in accordance with MSBOA Prof 1
Middle School players interested in auditioning for Encore Strings, Concert Strings and LMYO Winds, only need to prepare a short piece demonstrating their proficiency on their instrument. No accompaniment is needed.
Rehearsals: The LMYO rehearses once a week on Monday nights at Upton Middle School, both fall and spring terms.
LMYO Winds, Concert and Encore Strings Orchestras rehearse from 6:00 - 7:30 pm,
and the Youth Symphony rehearses from 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
To Schedule an Audition Appointment
Call the SMSO Office Monday - Friday. 10:00am - 5:00pm
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019 4:00pm
Lake Michigan Youth Symphony Side by Side with SMSO
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019 4:00pm
Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras - Spring Concert
Auditions for all of the Lake Michigan Youth Orchestras are held at the beginning of each session in September and in February. Auditions last approximately 10 minutes and are performed without accompaniment. Students interested in auditioning should call the SMSO office at 982-4030 to make an appointment. All applicants will be notified of audition results immediately or by email.
Youth Symphony - Students will be asked to play a piece of their choice from the standard repertoire for their instrument which demonstrates their present level of accomplishment, to play scales as required of MSBOA Proficiency I (available on the SMSO website), and to sight read. Auditions are required of all NEW members. Returning Youth Symphony members MAY ask to re-audition in the fall or spring for new seating placement.
Concert Strings/Encore Strings - Elementary and Middle School students who wish to be considered for the Concert Strings and/or Encore Strings Orchestras will be asked to prepare a very short, informal audition to determine the best placement of these students in the appropriate group. Students will be asked to play a short piece of their choice and a scale representing their present level of technique and range.
LMYO Winds - Middle School students who wish to be considered for the LMYO Winds will be asked to play a short piece of their choice and a scale representing their present level of technique and range.
ELIGIBILITY - Students in all groups MUST participate in their own school orchestra or band program if one exists at their school in order to participate in the LMYO program.
Tuition fees are assessed at the beginning of each session. These fees include:
A fee of $105 to activate LMYO player membership is due upon acceptance into the orchestras and are due for each term. Additional students in the same family may register for $60.
- All students receive free passes to all SMSO concerts
- Families receive 2 adult tickets to the LMYO-SMSO “Side-by-Side” concert
- Parents receive a 25% discount to SMSO concerts (Zone A)
Need-based scholarships are available through the SMSO office for tuition fees.
These scholarships involve working for the LMYO organization.