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
- 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
- High-level string players
- Chamber String Ensemble
- Rehearsals on Wednesday evenings
- 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.
Our 25th Anniversary Season:
Spring Concert, Monday, May 2, 2016
7:00 PM, Main Stage Theatre
Come join the students from the Youth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Strings, and Academy Strings and alumni conductors from the past 25 years. Our present conducting staff of Danielle Johnson, Javan Carson, and Michelle Ewer will be joined by past conductors Brett Wallace, Stephanie Wallace, and Stephanie Texera. Hear performances of Respighi's the Finale from the Pines of Rome, Whitacre's October, and the Overture and Allegro from La Sultane Suite by Couperin.
General Admission price for all ages: $10
There remain some positions open in certain orchestras and sections, please contact Keith Ewer at
email@example.com for information on scheduling an appointment.
While this group does not require an audition, please contact Keith Ewer to make sure this is the right fit for your student.
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.
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.
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.
FRONT RANGE YOUTH SYMPHONY AUDITIONS
Auditions will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions will be held on May 7, and 14, 2016.
Auditions are by appointment only.
*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.
*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.
*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.
Contact Keith Ewer at 720-898-7238 or email@example.com 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.
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 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.
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.