Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony 2015-2016

Join us on at the spring concert Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. Learn more!

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. She will also be the substitute conductor for part of the 2015-16 season while Ms. Lorcas is on leave.

Admission is by audition only. Auditions are held in September and January. The Youth Symphony meets once a week for 8 weeks in the fall and 8 weeks in the spring. To schedule an audition please call 540-432-4277.

The Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony is holding auditions on January 25th from 6:45 to 7:15pm, January 31st from 1 to 1:30pm, or by appointment. Talented and serious high school students (Flute, Bassoon, French Horn, Tuba, Harp and String players) are encouraged to apply to perform with this high-level ensemble. Call 432-4277 for information and to arrange an audition time.

Audition Requirements:

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

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

Youth Symphony Fellowship Program:

In 2014 a new 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 on September 28 or October 4 (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.

2015-16 Youth Symphony Schedule

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

Sign up for Winter 2016 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.