San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras

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The Mission of the San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestras (SJSYO) is to provide an inspiring orchestral experience for the youth of Durango, Bayfield, Farmington, Pagosa Springs, Cortez and surrounding areas, while further enriching the arts communities of the Four Corners. SJSYO is the only youth symphony organization in the Four Corners area, and its members receive an exceptional educational experience under the guidance of the region's finest musical performers and educators. SJSYO maintains a strong connection with the area's school music programs, Fort Lewis College, and cultural institutions such as 3rd Ave. Arts and Music in the Mountains. SJSYO is open to all Four Corners area elementary school, middle school, high school, home-school, and Fort Lewis College students on an audition basis.

SJSYO Concerts this season will be held at 7 pm on December 8 and 7 pm on April 20 at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.

Youth Symphony

Staff:

Kurt Chrisman
Artistic Director
San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra Program
Music Director
San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra
chrismanmusicstudio@gmail.com
505-330-8065

Lech Usinowicz
Director
San Juan Symphony Youth Philharmonic
(Grades 6-8)
lusinowicz@bayfield.k12.co.us

Bill LaShell
Director
San Juan Symphony Junior Orchestra
(Grades 3-5)
wlashell@durango.k12.co.us

Youth Symphony 040113 041 R

Our Ensembles


San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra

  • Advanced Level
  • Generally high school and college strings and college winds and percussion
  • Suzuki Book 4 level and up, or equivalent
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:00-8:00, Jones Hall Band/Orchestra Room at FLC
First Rehearsal: Monday, September 8th, 6:00-8:00
Mandatory Parent Meeting: 5:15-6:00

San Juan Symphony Youth Philharmonic

  • Intermediate Level
  • Strings only
  • Generally Grades 6-8
  • Suzuki Book 2-4 level, or equivalent
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30, Jones Hall (Room TBD) at FLC
First Rehearsal: Tuesday, September 9th

San Juan Symphony Junior Orchestra

  • Beginning Level
  • Strings only
  • Generally Grades 3-5
  • Suzuki Book 1: “Allegro” – Suzuki Book 2 level, or equivalent
Rehearsals:  Mondays, 4:15-5:45, Jones Hall Rm. at FLC (Room TBD)
First rehearsal:  Monday, September 8th

Requirement for San Juan Symphony Junior Orchestra: The student must have played a bowed string instrument for at least one year, either in a school string program or in private lessons.  The minimum grade level for participation in the SJS Junior Orchestra is third grade.  However, exceptions may be made.  Please contact the director, Bill LaShell, for more information on any exceptions.

*It is highly encouraged that all students in our youth ensembles take private lessons. Please contact one of the directors for more information about local private string teachers.

Youth Symphony

Audition Information

Auditions are required for initial entrance into any youth ensemble and for transferring into the next ensemble.

Audition date for entrance or transfer into the SJS Junior Orchestra or the SJS Youth Philharmonic:
Tuesday, September 2nd at 6 – 7:30 pm in Jones Hall at FLC (Room: TBD)
Audition date for entrance or transfer into the SJS Youth Orchestra:
Monday, Sept. 1st at 3:30-5:30 in Jones Hall at FLC (Room TBD)

Note: If you are unable to make these audition dates, please contact the director of the ensemble for which you wish to play to set-up another time to audition.

Audition Requirements

The student must play a prepared piece. This may be music learned through private lessons or in a school orchestra.
The student must also play a major scale.

  • One-octave major scale for the Junior Orchestra
  • Two-octave major scale for the Youth Philharmonic
  • Three-octave major scale (preferred) for the Youth Orchestra
  • Registration Fee

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    $150 per year for participation in any ensemble
    Checks should be made out to "San Juan Symphony."
    (Due at the first rehearsal in September)
    Family Tuition Reduction: $150 for the first student, $125 for each additional sibling