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Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony 2017-2018

Spring Concert

Please join us on Sunday, March 18, at 4:00 pm in Lehman Auditorium for the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony’s Spring Concert!

The 12-member Junior Strings ensemble, conducted by Sharon Miller, will open the program with a piece by Holst and a fiddle tune. Following this, the Youth Symphony, conducted by Dr. Yi-Ping Chen, will perform 4 selections: 

  • “Light Calvary Overture” by Franz von Suppé
  • “Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings” by Howard Shore
  • “Jazz Violin Concerto” by Scott Routenberg (Soloist, Eve Miller)
  • “Symphony for the Body” by Inti Figgis-Vizueta - winner of the JMU New Music Composer Competition

The Concert will end with the Junior Strings ensemble joining the Youth Symphony for their performance of Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5.”

The $7 suggested donation helps to support the ensembles’ scholarship programs.

Read more about the spring concert

About the Youth Symphony

This ensemble, conducted by Dr. Yi-Ping Chen, provides a high level ensemble experience for advanced junior and senior high wind, percussion and string students. In addition, specialists will provide coaching in each instrument area.

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 Requirements:

  • Play one prepared piece without accompaniment (Senior Regional Orchestra excerpts are fine)
  • 2 or 3-octave scale, your choice
  • Sight reading

To schedule an audition please email

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

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

Junior Strings

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 consider joining Debbie Warnaar and Brian Bauer in making a donation to ensure that the Fellowship Program continues. Contact Sharon Miller if you would like to support this initiative.

There are two types of Fellowships: partial (covers Youth Symphony tuition) and full (covers Youth Symphony tuition and assistance with private lesson expenses). In order to be considered for a Fellowship award, you must:

  • Submit a recommendation letter from your private teacher (email is fine) prior to your audition to Sharon Miller,
  • Commit to the entire season
  • Audition by September, 2018 (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 Sharon Miller if you would like to make a donation to help this important program continue in the future.

Junior Strings

2017-18 Youth Symphony Schedule

(Members will receive a detailed schedule)

  • Rehearsals for Fall 2017 begin October 1st
  • Children’s Concert on October 29th, 3:30 p.m. Lehman Auditorium.
  • Fall Concert on November 19th, 4 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium.
  • Rehearsals for Winter 2018 begin January 21st
  • Winter Concert on March 18th 4 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium.

The purpose of the Youth Symphony is:

  • to experience a broad range of symphonic literature- repertoire performed in 2017 includes “The Curse of the Black Pearl” from Pirates of the Carribean, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, Rossini's William Tell Overture, and selections from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites No. 1 & 2
  • 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 2017-18 Jr. Strings!

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.