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ABOUT THE HARRISBURG SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRAS
The purpose of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras is to enrich the lives of young people within a musical community. We provide the finest possible training, practice and performance opportunities, enabling our students to learn, share and enjoy the power of music.
In partnership with the Harrisburg Symphony, parents, teachers and schools we:
• Provide exposure to diverse orchestral styles under the guidance of music professionals. • Offer the opportunity for HSYO members to work closely with professional musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. • Foster a sense of achievement and self-esteem through a developmental approach. • Promote self-discipline and teamwork through respect for artistic standards.
The HSYO is an organization under the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra’s umbrella and is comprised of 150 young musicians that make up two orchestras: the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Junior String Orchestra. The HSYO attracts young musicians from over twenty public, private, home and cyber schools throughout the Greater Harrisburg area.
The Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of two ensembles representing two basically age-differentiated levels of youth orchestras. The two ensembles, each with its own highly qualified conductor, allow the individual to progress with young musicians of similar ability.
HARRISBURG SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA is a full orchestra performing advanced repertoire.
JUNIOR YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA provides a transition for string players
moving to the more advanced repertoire that will be performed in HSYO.
Membership and placement are by audition only. Each player, including all returning members from the previous year, will be auditioned every year to ensure correct placement according to individual ability. Auditions are conducted annually, in early fall.