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 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in 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.


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.

Important Dates

Fall 2018

Rehearsal dates: First rehearsal is Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Fall concert: Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall


Spring 2019

Rehearsal dates: Beginning Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00-8:15 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


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

Kyle Pitcher, conductor

Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kyle Pitcher studied at Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He is an active performer as a double bassist, and currently teaches private double bass lessons. Kyle is the 5th/6th grade Orchestra Director for Goshen Community Schools, as well as an Assistant Director for the 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school orchestras. Kyle is an active member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the International Society of Bassists.