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 7-9), and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra for strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion (grades 9-12). Rehearsals for YHCO are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:15 p.m.; rehearsals for YHSO are held Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 p.m., leading up to concerts in November and May.

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

Spring 2019: The spring semester of YHSO begins Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center Room 150. YHCO begins Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center Room 150.

Fall 2019: The Fall semester for the CSA will officially begin the week of August 19. Tentative start dates for YHO are Sunday, August 25 (YHSO), and Tuesday, August 27 (YHCO).

For more information about the Youth Honors Orchestras, please contact CSA Director Dr. Mary Rose Norell at yho@goshen.edu or (574) 535-7849.

 


Fall 2019 Auditions

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 2019 Audition Schedule

Auditions at the Goshen College Music Center (by appointment only–contact yho@goshen.edu to schedule a time):

  • Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

 

In-School Auditions at area schools (check with your school director):

  • Week of May 6-10 (tentative)

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

To schedule an audition at Goshen College or at Area Schools: Please contact CSA Director Dr. Mary Rose Norell at yho@goshen.edu or (574) 535-7849.

The YHO Registration Form can be downloaded here.