Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony 2016-2017

About the Youth Symphony

This ensemble, conducted by Maria Lorcas, provides a high level ensemble experience for advanced junior and senior high wind, percussion and string students. Rhonda Stees is the Symphony’s Wind & Brass coach.

Admission is by audition only. Auditions are held in September and January. Talented and serious high school students are encouraged to apply to perform with this high-level ensemble.

The Youth Symphony meets on Sunday afternoons for 8 weeks in the fall and 8 weeks in the winter/spring.

Junior Strings

Audition dates for Spring 2017 are:

To schedule an audition please call 540-432-4277.

The Youth Symphony currently has openings in: french horn, trumpet, trombone, flute, piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and percussion.

Audition Requirements:

  • Play one prepared piece without accompaniment (SRO piece is fine)
  • 2 or 3-octave scale, your choice
  • Sight reading

Auditions are also held each spring for rising seniors who wish to perform a solo with the Youth Symphony.

Junior Strings

Please note: We currently have openings for principal players in french horn, trombone, clarinet, and bassoon. If you would like to audition for principal chair of a particular section, you will also need to call 540-432-4277 for an audition time before February 12.

Youth Symphony Fellowship Program:
In 2014, the Youth Symphony Fellowship Program was established through the generous donations of Bibb and Dolly Frazier. The Fellowship Program supports students who play at a high level and are committed to the Symphony through scholarship money for private lessons and tuition for the Symphony. Priority is given to instrumentalists needed to maintain a solid orchestra. Please contact for more information.

In order to be considered for the new Fellowship (includes Youth Symphony tuition and money towards private lessons), you must:
• Submit a recommendation letter from your private teacher (email is fine) prior to your audition to Sharon Miller, millersm@emu.edu.
• Commit to the entire season
• Audition by February 5 (scale of your choice, prepared piece of your choice, sight-reading)
• Be an ambassador for the Youth Symphony at your school (promoting auditions and concerts)
• Assist the conductor or program director with duties that will be decided after the auditions.

Contact if you would like to make a donation to help this important program continue in the future.

Junior Strings

2016-17 Youth Symphony Schedule

(Members will receive a detailed schedule)

  • Rehearsals for Winter 2017 begin February 5th
  • Spring Concert on March 26th, 4pm in Lehman Auditorium.
  • Concerto Auditions for rising Seniors will be held in May 2017.

The Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, March 26 at 4pm. The 11-member Junior Strings ensemble, led by Sharon Miller, will open with pieces by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky. They will be followed by the 40-member Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony, conducted by Maria Lorcas. The group’s exciting repertoire includes “Capriccio Espagnol”, Overture to “William Tell” and selections from “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Featured senior soloists are Ira Miller, piano and Ana Jermstad, trumpet. There is a $7 suggested donation to support these young, talented musicians. The audience is invited to a reception in the Campus Center following the performance. Please join us for this very special concert!

Spring 2015 Program!

The purpose of the Youth Symphony is:

  • to experience a broad range of symphonic literature
  • to broaden training in an orchestral setting
  • to experience a high level of music making
  • to express individual creativity through concerto performances and performances of student compositions
  • to provide an orchestral forum not otherwise available for most wind and percussion players

Junior Strings

Junior Strings

Sign up for 2016-17 Jr. Strings HERE!

This ensemble is for intermediate students who read music at the Suzuki Book 2 level or higher. It is conducted by Sharon Miller. Basic orchestral skills are taught through appropriate musical selections.

Membership is by teacher recommendation. The group meets 9 weeks each semester and performs publicly at least once during the year.