About the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra

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. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. leading up to concerts in November and May. Elkhart County string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and harp students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to audition for this honors orchestra program.

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

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

More Information

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (YHSO)

Age: String, wind, brass, percussion, and harp students in grades 9-12

Rehearsals: Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Goshen College Music Center 150.

Fall 2018:

Rehearsals: Beginning Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Concert:
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Spring 2019:

Rehearsals: Beginning Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Concert:
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Fall 2019:

Rehearsals: Beginning Tuesday, August 28, 2019
Concert:
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Cost per School Year: $200 tuition, payable in semester installments of $100 each + $20 family registration fee in CSA.

Financial Aid is available for families with need (see button below or click here). For families that qualify for Federal Reduced Lunches, tuition is $140, payable in semester installments of $70 each + registration. For families that qualify for Federal Free Lunches, tuition is $100, payable in semester installments of $50 each + registration.

YHSO Audition Information

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion:

  1. Two minutes of a prepared solo or school ensemble music.
  2. Two scales of your choice in either 2 or 3 octaves.

Important Dates

Fall 2018

Rehearsal dates: First rehearsal is Sunday, August 26, 2018, 2-4 p.m.
Fall concert: Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall


Spring 2019

Rehearsal dates: First rehearsal is Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: Sunday May 5, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall
Spring concert: Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Side-By-Side concert with Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (YHSO only): Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Lerner Theater


Fall 2019

  • Rehearsal dates: First rehearsal Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Dress rehearsal:  TBD, Sauder Concert Hall
  • Fall concert:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Sauder Concert Hall

José Rocha, conductor

Dr. José Rocha, Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College and director of the Goshen College Symphony, is a sought-after conductor and cellist in the United States and Mexico. Strongly committed to music education in the public schools, Rocha directed middle and high school orchestras for 15 years prior to his appointment at Goshen College. His ensembles consistently earned top honors and awards, including recognition as finalists in the TMEA Honor Orchestra Competition and winners in the Mark of Excellence National Orchestra Honors Contest. Rocha made his Carnegie Hall Debut leading the Johnston Sinfonia Orchestra in 2014. In January 2017, he presented a lecture/teaching session at the Indiana Music Educators Association in Fort Wayne.  Dr. Rocha holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Florida.  As part of the June 2017 Elkhart Jazz Festival, Rocha led the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra in an exceptional performance with internationally acclaimed pianist and singer-songwriter Ben Folds.