About the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (YHCO)

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 Tuesday evenings, leading up to concerts in November and May. Elkhart County and surrounding area string students 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

Age: For string students in grades 7-9.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays (beginning August 27) from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Music Center 153.

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

WHOLE YEAR Discount!: Register for the whole year by Tuesday, August 27 to receive a $20 discount!

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.

Important Dates

Fall 2019

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: 
Sunday November 17, 2019, TIME TBA
Fall concert:
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

Spring 2020

First Rehearsal: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall
Spring concert: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall

YHCO Audition Information

All string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp):

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

Dr. Rose Wollman, conductor

Praised for her multifaceted interpretations of classical and contemporary music, violist Rose Wollman is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, orchestral musician, and now conductor. She has performed in venues around the world such as Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, the KKL, and Constitution Hall. She is thrilled to be joining the GC  Community School of the Arts as conductor of the YHCO and a violin/viola faculty member. Dr. Wollman has worked in many settings as conductor and coach for programs such as the Notre Dame choral conducting program, the Evansville Youth Philharmonic, and New England Conservatory Prep. A dedicated teacher, ​Rose currently teaches at Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University. Additionally, she has taught viola and chamber music at the University of Evansville, DePauw University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Illinois. As an orchestral musician, Rose has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Portland Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has served as principal violist of the Evansville Philharmonic and Cape Cod Symphony, and frequently plays with the South Bend Symphony and for University of Notre Dame events.

Rose holds a D.M. in viola performance with a minor in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with Atar Arad. She also holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois. Rose lives in South Bend with her husband and daughter, who will turn 1 in October.