Front Range Youth Symphony

Front Range Youth Symphony

 

The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras bring together talented young musicians from across the Front Range for a unique study and training in Orchestral repertoire. Developed from a merger of the former Golden Youth and Arvada Center Youth Symphonies in 1990, the program has three levels of participation. The group has toured on both coasts of the United States and performed with National and guests artists such as the Lehnert Duo and Skip DeVol. The Youth Symphony has enjoyed many years of cooperation and educational collaborations with the National Repertory Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Institute in Breckenridge and the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.


This program is offered as an enhancement to school music programs and all FRYS students participate in their school's instrumental music programs. Auditions are held annually in May. Auditions for openings that may exist are held throughout the year by appointment. Features of the orchestras include:

  • Weekly rehearsals August through April at the Arvada Center
  • At least three performances per season at the Arvada Center
  • Professional Section Coaches/Guest Artists/Master Classes
  • Summer Camp .

Academy Strings

  • Preperatory string group
  • All students can read music and have one to two years of playing experience
  • Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings
  • Summer Camp dates are August 2, 3, 4 at the Arvada Center 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

           The Academy Strings is a new group joining the Front Range Youth Symphony.   This preparatory group is intended for students with between one and three years of experience.

            Academy Strings will help students with their school music programs using a curriculum that supports and augments their musical endeavors.  Focus will be on technique and creating a quality string tone while having fun learning.  This class is perfect for those students who may need a smaller ensemble opportunity or for those who have switched instruments and need some catch up.

            The Academy Strings rehearses throughout the FRYS season on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15. Under the direction of Michelle Ewer, orchestra director in Jefferson County Schools and a strings teacher for over thirty years, the students will work on material which will compliment what they are learning in their schools' orchestra classes.  Students in the Academy Strings must also participate in their schools’ orchestra program.

Concert Strings Orchestra

  • Advanced string group
  • All students can read music and have had at least two years of lessons
  • Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings

Chamber Orchestra

  • High-level string players
  • Chamber String Ensemble
  • Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings

Youth Symphony

  • Full symphony orchestra
  • Up to age 21
  • Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings

For more information or auditions, call Gavin Mayer, Coordinator at 720-898-7238.


CONCERTS

2016 - 2017 Season:

Fall Concert, Monday, October 24, 2016

Winter Concert, Monday, February 6, 2017

Spring Concert, Monday, May 1, 2017

 

REHEARSALS

2016 - 2017 Season:

Youth Symphony, starting Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 pm

Academy Strings, starting Wednesday, August 31, 5:30 pm

Concert Strings, starting Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 pm

Chamber Orchestra, starting Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 pm

 

AUDITIONS

While our May auditions have passed, there remain some positions open in certain orchestras and sections, please contact Gavin Mayer at

gmayer@arvadacenter.org for information on scheduling an appointment.

Academy Strings

While this group does not require an audition, please contact Keith Ewer to make sure this is the right fit for your student.

Concert Strings

This group is an apprentice program for students who have played at least two years and can read music.  The orchestra emphasizes music reading skills, proper playing positions, and the development of orchestral playing techniques.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  You will be asked to play a solo of your choice (please bring a copy of the music for the conductor), and one octave of C, G, and D Major scales.  Be prepared to sight-read material presented that day.
 

Chamber Orchestra

This group is made up of string musicians up to the age of 21.  This orchestra concentrates on refining student’s orchestral playing techniques by focusing on ensemble playing skills, sight reading, advanced playing positions, and advanced bowing techniques.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at the Arvada Center from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  To audition you should be able to play comfortably in 1st through 5th position (violins and violas) 1st through 4th position (celli), 1/2 through 4th position (bass), and be able to tune yourself.  Be prepared to play a solo of your choice (please bring a copy of the music for the conductor), and a scale of two octaves or more using multiple positions.  Be prepared to sight-read material presented that day.
 

Youth Symphony

This orchestra provides unique training in orchestral repertoire for talented musicians through the age of 21.  All string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments are welcome.  All instrumentalists should have commanding facility on their instrument.  Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

Strings should have a solo of their own choice, a scale of at least three octaves based on the key of that solo, and be prepared to sight read.

Woodwind and Brass instrumentalists should have a solo of their own choice, a scale of two octaves based on the key of that solo, a chromatic scale of two octaves, and be able to articulate those scales in various ways as dictated by the adjudicator. Be prepared for sight-reading.

Percussionists should prepare a solo on any two of the three following areas:  timpani, keyboard percussion, or snare drum. Timpani, vibraphone, and xylophone will be provided.

Timpanists should be able to tune timpani using relative pitch and demonstrate a proper forte - piano roll.

Keyboard percussionists will be asked to play a major and pure minor scale of the adjudicator's choice.

Snare Drum percussionists will be asked to demonstrate two of the 26 rudiments of the adjudicator's choice slow to fast to slow.


2016-2017 INFO


FRONT RANGE YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS
2016-2017 SEASON

While our May auditions have passed, there remain some positions open in certain orchestras and sections,

please contact Gavin Mayer at

gmayer@arvadacenter.org for information on scheduling an appointment.

 

*FRONT RANGE YOUTH SYMPHONY, brings together talented musicians through the age of 21 for unique training in orchestral repertoire and the opportunity to perform in three major concerts each season at the Arvada Center.  Students must audition to participate in the program.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at the Arvada Center from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, September through April.  The season begins with a required three-day summer music camp at the Arvada Center, which includes an overnight retreat in Breckenridge with the Breckenridge Music Institute. Tuition cost is $475 for the season. The Summer Camp is $120. Camp dates are August 11, 12, 13 at the Arvada Center and Breckenridge.

 

*FRONT RANGE YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, was formed to create a high-level string ensemble to perform advanced chamber literature. It is designed for exceptional string musicians up to the age of 21.  Students must audition to participate in the program.  The Chamber Orchestra concentrates on refining students’ orchestral playing techniques by focusing on ensemble skills, sight- reading, advanced playing positions, and advanced bowing techniques.  Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at the Arvada Center from 7:30 to 9:00 PM., September through April.  The season begins with a required three-day summer workshop at the Arvada Center.  Tuition cost is $375 for the season.  The Summer Camp is $90. Camp dates are August 2, 3, 4 at the Arvada Center 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

 

*CONCERT STRINGS ORCHESTRA, is an advanced program for students who have played at least two years and can read music.  Students must audition to participate in the program.  This group emphasizes music reading skills, proper playing positions, and the development of orchestral playing techniques.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at the Arvada Center from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, September through April.  The season begins with a required three-day summer workshop at the Arvada Center.  Tuition cost is $375 for the season.  The Summer Camp is $90. Camp dates are August 2, 3, 4 at the Arvada Center 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

 

 

Contact Gavin Mayer at 720-898-7238 or gmayer@arvadacenter.org to schedule an appointment or for further information.

 

There is a $15.00 audition fee payable to the Arvada Center.

 

Students who are members of any FRYS group

are also members of their school’s instrumental music program.

 

It is our belief that public school music programs offer students, among other things, valuable ensemble training and necessary repetition.  The Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestras seek to enhance, not replace, school music programs.

 

 

Our Conductors

Danielle Johnson

Danielle Johnson is sought after as a guest clinician and adjudicator along the Front Range. An active freelance performer, Johnson is a violist in the Steamboat Symphony.  For 12 years, she spent the summer months as Dean of Women and Interdisciplinary Faculty Instructor for the string chamber music program, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. She is now on staff with Voyageurs, Int.  In 2013, Johnson was named Colorado's "Music Director Who Makes a Difference" by the publication School Band & Orchestra.  Johnson received her bachelor of music education from Wheaton College Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois, and her masters in violin performance/pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently teaches orchestra at Mountain Range High School in the Adams 12 District. Previously, she taught for Wheaton's pre-college program, the International School of Bangkok in Thailand, Boulder Suzuki Strings, and the public schools in Omaha, Nebraska and Northglenn, Colorado.

Javan Carson

Javan Carson has been playing the violin for most of her life, having started as a Suzuki student at age two.  She earned her degree in violin performance from the University of Denver on a full scholarship, and began playing professionally with the Denver Chamber Orchestra while still in college.  Ms. Carson has played in a string quartet for more than 30 years, and has performed with countless orchestras, including the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  She has played with such performers as Doc Severinsen, Mel Torme, Kathy Lee Gifford, Mannheim Steamroller, Stevie Wonder, Marco Antonio Solis, and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.

Ms. Carson has been teaching private violin, viola, and piano lessons for more than 30 years, has instructed Suzuki group classes for fifteen years, and has taught string classes in four metro-area school districts.  She was the conductor of the Sinfonia at Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras for five years, and for two years was the Music Director and Conductor of Eklectika Youth Ensembles, an innovative youth orchestra that she founded. She was the conductor for the String Ensembles and the Conservatory Orchestras at Denver Young Artists Orchestras for ten years.  Ms. Carson is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and chamber coach throughout Colorado.

Michelle Ewer

Mrs. Ewer has taught instrumental music for 33 years.  She currently teaches orchestra at Creighton Middle School and the five elementary schools that feed into it.  She is a past president of the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado String Teacher's Association and recipient of the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame Award.  She is in high demand as a clinician throughout Colorado.