Youth Honors Orchestra


Youth Honors Orchesta

The Elkhart County Youth Honors Orchestra (YHO) has a long tradition of excellence in Elkhart County, launched by the Elkhart County Symphony Association and currently housed at the Goshen College Music Center.  There are two full orchestras, one for grades 7 through 9 (“Concert Orchestra”) and one for grades 9 through 12 (“Symphony Orchestra”).  Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons or Tuesday evenings, leading up to concerts in November and May. Strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion are encouraged to consider joining this honors orchestra program.

To participate in the YHO students will need to audition and bring the completed YHO Application Form to their audition.

For more information about the Youth Honors Orchestras, please contact YHO Program Director Dr. Rosalyn Troiano at yho@goshen.edu or (574) 535-7908.

Click here to register online for the Youth Honors Orchestra.

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (YHSO)

Grades 9-12
Josh Aerie, conductor

Rehearsals Sundays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Goshen College Music Center room 150

Fall 2014 rehearsal dates:  Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5*, 12, 26, Nov. 2, 9
Dress rehearsal:  Sunday, November 23, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Fall concert:  Sunday, Nov. 23, 4:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall 

Spring 2015 rehearsal dates: Feb. 1, 8, 22, March 1, 8, 15*, 22*, 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 3*
Dress rehearsal:  Sunday, May 10, time TBA
Spring concert:  Sunday, May 10, time TBA, Sauder Concert Hall

Josh Aerie, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra, is a sought-after performing and recording cellist, music educator and symphonic conductor. He received his MM in cello performance from the University of Colorado, and completed undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory and College (Ohio) in both cello performance and anthropology. As a conductor, Josh has served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra (Minn.), the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra (Wis.), and the Heartland Symphony Orchestra (Minn.). Josh’s career highlights include major-label recordings, nationally syndicated television appearances, and premiering new works as both conductor and cellist.

Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (YHCO)

Grades 7-9
Kate Truscello, conductor

Rehearsals Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m., Goshen College Music Center room 153

Fall 2014 rehearsal dates: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18
Dress rehearsal:  Sunday, November 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Fall concert:  Sunday, Nov. 23, 4:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall 
 

Spring 2015 rehearsal dates: Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 28, May 5
Dress rehearsal:  Sunday, May 10, time TBA
Spring concert:  Sunday, May 10, time TBA, Sauder Concert Hall

Originally from Kansas, Katelyn Truscello received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Violin Performance from the University of Iowa. While there she served as President of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference Chapter. Her professional activities have included working with the West Des Moines Public Schools Community Education Program as a strings instructor and actively providing private instruction in violin, viola, and cello in the community. She has also been substituting in the Des Moines Public Schools not only in music and general classes, but also Spanish instruction. Her professional organizations include membership in the Music Educators National Conference and the American String Teachers Association. In addition to the YHO, Ms. Truscello is an orchestra director in the Goshen Community Schools.

* – indicates a rehearsal which has adjusted date, time or location

Fall 2014 Auditions

Participation in the YHO is open by audition to any interested Elkhart County string, woodwind, brass, or percussion student.  Auditions for the YHO ensembles will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Tuesday, September 2, 4-6 p.m., Goshen College Music Center
  • Wednesday, September 3, 4-6 p.m., Goshen College Music Center
  • Tues. – Fri. Sept. 2-5, in-school auditions, area schools
To schedule an audition for the YHO please contact YHO Program Director Dr. Rosalyn Troiano at yho@goshen.edu or (574) 535-7908.  The YHO Application Form can be downloaded here (.pdf).

Auditions will consist of the following components:

Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (YHCO), grades 7-9

All instruments:

  1. Two minutes of a prepared solo.
  2. Sight-reading of a short excerpt, provided by the judges
  3. One scale of your choice in one or two octaves.

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (YHSO), grades 9-12)

Strings:
  1. Two to five minutes of a prepared solo
  2. Sight-reading of a short excerpt, provided by the judges
  3. Prepare three scales of your choice following the guidelines listed below for each instrument.  Scales should be performed at the tempo of eighth note = 120 with the bowing articulation of your choice. Memorization is preferred but not required.
Violin, viola and cello:  2-octave scales required, 3-octave scales preferred
Bass:  2-octave scales required
Woodwinds/Brass:
  1. Two to five minutes of a prepared solo
  2. Sight-reading of a short excerpt, provided by the judges
  3. Prepare three 2-octave scales of your choice.  One of the three scales should be a chromatic scale to demonstrate your performance range. Scales should be performed at the tempo of eighth note = 120 with the articulation of your choice. Memorization is preferred but not required.
Percussion:
  1. Two to five minutes of a prepared solo on either xylophone/marimba, vibraphone, snare drum or timpani
  2. Sight-reading of a short excerpt, provided by the judges
  3. Prepare three 2-octave scales of your choice performed at the minimum tempo of quarter note = 120

 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the YHO is a three-tier system that is tied to the Federal Free and Reduced School Lunch Program.  Please refer to the chart below to determine your financial aid tier.
  • Full pay: $180 payable in semester installments of $90 each + CSA annual registration fee
  • Reduced lunch: $120 payable in semester installments of $60 each + CSA annual registration fee
  • Free lunch: $80 tuition payable in semester installments of $40 each  + CSA annual registration fee

2014-15 Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Guidelines

Household
size
YHO tuition $90/semester
if annual income is at least:
YHO tuition $60/semester
if annual income is between:
YHO tuition $40/semester
if annual income is less than:
2 $29,102 $29,101 – $20,450 $20,449
3 $36,613 $36,612 – $25,728 $25,727
4 $44,124 $44,123 – $31,006 $31,005
5 $51,635 $51,634 – $36,284 $36,283
6 $59,146 $59,145 – $41,562 $41,561
7 $66,657 $66,656 – $46,840 $46,839
8 $74,168 $74,167 – $52,118 $52,117

Click here to register online for Youth Honors Orchestra.

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