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

           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, email or call Keith Ewer, Coordinator at 720-898-7238.


CONCERTS

Winter Concert, February 9, 2015

The Front Range Youth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Strings Orchestra, will present, “Classic Winter.”  A concert of classical music presented on the Arvada Center’s Main Stage on February 9th, 2015.  The concert begins at 7:00 PM. 

Music will include Mozarts’ Symphony No. 40, along with music by Verdi and Bach.  The Colorado Chamber Orchestra's Concert Master, Naomi Sue Smith, will be featured as guest soloist with the Concert Strings and Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets are general admission for all ages at $10 per ticket.  Tickets can be purchased at the Arvada Center’s box office or by calling, 720-898-7200.  For more information about the Front Range Youth Symphony Orchestra, you may contact the coordinator, Keith Ewer, at keith-e@arvada.org or phone him at 720-898-7238.  

Upcoming Concerts.

Spring Concert -- May 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

AUDITIONS

Please contact Keith Ewer at keith-e@arvada.org for information on scheduling an appointment

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 multiple percussion. 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.

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


2014-2015 INFO


FRONT RANGE YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS
2014-2015 SEASON
Auditions are held at the
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, CO

For information and audition appointment,
contact Keith Ewer at 720-898-7238 or keith-e@arvadacenter.org


Please contact Keith Ewer at above information for future audition dates. Auditions are by appointment only.


FRONT RANGE YOUTH SYMPHONY
conducted by Stephanie Texera, 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, late August 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 $425 for the season. The Summer Camp is $110.


FRONT RANGE YOUTH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
conducted by Danielle Johnson, 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., late August through April. The season begins with a required three-day summer workshop at the Arvada Center.

Tuition cost is $325 for the season. The Summer Camp is $80.


CONCERT STRINGS ORCHESTRA
conducted by Danielle Johnson, 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, late August through April. The season begins with a required three-day summer workshop at the Arvada Center.

Tuition cost is $325 for the season. The Summer Camp is $80.


Call Keith Ewer at 720-898-7238 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

is conductor of the Concerts Strings and Chamber Orchestra, is sought after as a guest clinician and adjudicator along the Front Range.  An active freelance performer, Johnson has served as concertmaster for the Niwot Timberline Symphony and violist in the Steamboat Springs Orchestra.  She spends the summer months as Dean of Women and Interdisciplinary Faculty Instructor for the string chamber music program, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory.

Johnson received her bachelor of music education from Wheaton CollegeConservatory 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 Adams12 District and is an adjunct faculty member for the Boulder Suzuki Strings.  Previously, shetaught for Wheaton's pre-college program, the International School ofBangkok in Thailand, and the public schools in Omaha, Nebraska andNorthglenn, Colorado.

 

Stephanie Texera

Stephanie Texera received a Bachelor of Music Education degree (summa cum laude) from Florida State University and a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her tenure at CU, she was active in the new music community conducting several premieres for the Pendulum New Music Concert series and CU Wind Ensemble. In the Fall of 2009, she had the honor of conducting “Night Music I” for the “George Crumb at 80 Celebratory Festival” under the guidance of the composer.

Ms. Texera has taught orchestra and band in Colorado and Florida for 12 years. Under her leadership, the ensembles at Summit HS and Westminster HS have consistently received superior ratings at CHSAA Large Group Festival, CBA Regional Band Festival, Mile High Jazz Festival, and UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. The Summit HS Instrumental Music Program was one of only a few high schools recognized by the Colorado Bandmasters Association as an “Exemplary Band Program.” Believing that travel is an extension of the classroom, her ensembles have performed in California, Tennessee, Hawaii, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  She is currently in her first year as the Director of Instrumental Music at Skyline High School.

Ms. Texera is a member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, World Association for Symphonic Bands & Ensembles, College Band Director’s National Association, and American School Band Directors Association. She is highly sought after as a guest clinician and conductor throughout Colorado.