Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (YHCO)

Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Fall 2020)

Grades 6-9

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (YHSO)

Tuesdays 8:00-9:15 p.m. (Fall 2020)

Grades 9-12

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 orchestras: the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra for strings (grades 6-9), and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra for strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion (grades 9-12).

Fall 2020 Rehearsals: YHCO (Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 p.m.); YHSO (Tuesdays 8:00-9:15 p.m.), leading up to an  in-person/live-streamed concert in November (audience may be restricted–TBD by October 30.

To participate in the YHO:

  • All students: Bring completed YHO Registration Form to first rehearsal or submit with Audition video
  • New students: Audition by video submission for Fall 2020. Contact for audition video submission requirements.

Fall 2020 Important Dates:
1st Rehearsal for YHCO/YHSO is Tuesday, September 1
The Fall YHO Concert is on Wednesday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall

Spring 2021 Important Dates:
1st Rehearsal is for YHCO/YHSO is Tuesday, January 19, 2020
The Spring YHO Concert is on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Sauder Hall


For more information about the Youth Honors Orchestras, please contact CSA Program Director Hillary Harder at or (574) 535-7341.

Auditions for 2020-21 Season

Participation in YHCO is open by audition to any interested Elkhart County string students in grades 6-9; participation in YHSO is open by audition to any interested string, woodwind, brass, or percussion student in grades 9-12.

Fall 2020 Audition Schedule

Video Auditions:

  • Required for any NEW YHO students, or students wishing to move up to YHSO from YHCO
  • Please send private YouTube link (preferred) or video file to

Audition Requirements:

  • YHCO: two scales of your choice in either one or two octaves and two minutes of a solo piece or school ensemble music
  • YHSO: two scales of your choice in either 2 or 3 octaves and two minutes of a solo piece or school ensemble music

Questions?: Please contact CSA Program Director Hillary Harder at or (574) 535-7341.

The YHO Registration Form can be downloaded here.

Victoria Petrak, YHO Musical Director

Victoria Petrak is a conductor, performer and educator recently appointed Director of Orchestras for Concord Community Schools in Elkhart. She recently completed her Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at Kent State University under the instruction of Dr. Jungho Kim, while teaching orchestra in the Shaker Heights School district. Previously, she earned her BM in violin performance and BME in music education at Baldwin Wallace University where she studied violin with Dr. Julian Ross and Katherine Bormann. Victoria’s conducting education has included study with Octavio Más-Arocás and Tiffany Chang, and master classes in the United States and Europe with Howard Williams, John Farrer, Markand Thakar, and Kevin Noe.

While studying at Kent State University, Petrak worked with Kent State University Orchestra, Opera Production and Scenes, and New Music Ensemble. Additionally, Victoria is on faculty at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Maine and conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra, teaches private lessons and coaches chamber music. Previously, she taught middle school band in Lakewood City Schools, and was an ensemble manager and assistant at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Victoria has been assistant conductor to Donna Jelen at Shaker Heights High School, assistant to Octavio Más-Arocas for the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory Summer Institute orchestras. She was chosen as the first guest conductor for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra under the direction of Liza Grossman, and conducted the United States premiere of Fay Wang’s The Play of Toys. An advocate for contemporary music, Victoria has conducted multiple world premieres with the Baldwin Wallace Symphony Orchestra, BW Brass Ensemble fanfare project, and the premiere of Scott Little’s opera Story of an Hour with the Kent State University Opera scenes program. She hopes to continue to diversify the repertoire performed by orchestras, and increase the accessibility of orchestral music. As a performer, Victoria enjoys playing in orchestra and has toured Europe with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed with the National Music Festival Orchestra, and Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Orchestra.