Powers Youth Orchestra

Powers Youth Orchestra

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Placement Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season!

We're holding auditions for the Powers Youth Orchestra on an ongoing basis. Scroll down to read more about the orchestras, and use the links to find information on ages, rehearsal schedules, and audition requirements. Current orchestra students planning to continue in the same level need not audition again.

 You may arrange an audition time with our Conductors by clicking the "Schedule your audition now!" button below.

Registration (Accepted/Continuing Orchestra Students):

Current Powers Youth Orchestra students and those accepted after your audition may use the following links to register on our online registration site, ASAP:

Your payment will include the $20 fall registration fee and full tuition for the Powers Youth Orchestra program, unless a payment plan has been arranged. Please call the office if you received financial aid or a merit scholarship.

Students NEW to the Powers Youth Orchestra program interested in joining for the 2019-2020 academic year (or current students hoping to move up a level) should start by scheduling an audition.


How is the Powers Youth Orchestra different from other youth orchestras?

The Powers Youth Orchestra (formerly the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project) was founded in 2013 to provide an exceptional environment for young students and teens to learn the musical, communicative, and interpersonal skills that are vital for playing music with others and for realizing their full potential as members of society. Our conductors focus on building character, leadership, and teamwork in addition to musical skills necessary for performing standard orchestral works at the highest caliber. The smaller size of our orchestras allows for more personalized attention for each student and demands a higher level of growth and mastery. No one gets lost in the shuffle! Students are challenged personally in a rewarding and supportive environment to improve their skills required to meet the musicals needs of ensemble playing.

"Every musician is important. We wanted a good orchestra/ensemble for our son to grow beyond individual play, yet our son did not want to be in a pressurized atmosphere. This is a great orchestra to meet these needs: to learn and be part of a talented orchestra while at the same time to be in a positive, and dare I say fun, environment."
- Mary Ann Sorel, parent, 2016/2017

"All the coaches are kind and understanding, and the environment is friendly and warm. The music is well picked-not too easy or hard though you definitely need to practice at home. This program is so unique because the orchestra is large enough that you don 't feel alone but small enough that you can receive specialized help without being overwhelmed by a large group of kids. We also have many different instruments so everyone gets a sense of how music blends together."
- Vivian Danahy, student, 2016/2017

The Powers Youth Orchestra program is comprised of 2-3 orchestras led by highly experienced conductor/educators:

PYO Chamber
A 25-30 member ensemble of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion
Suggested ages 12-18
Learn more about the Chamber Orchestra

PYO Preparatory
A 15-20 member mid-level orchestra
Suggested ages 9-13
Learn more about the Preparatory Orchestra

PYO String
A beginner string ensemble
Suggested ages 8-11
Learn more about the String Orchestra

Over the course of each season, the orchestras will explore a wide array of music from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic to Contemporary and Popular styles. Students will be exposed to quality repertoire, will develop ensemble skills, and will strengthen their orchestra musicianship and rehearsal etiquette.

Weekly Saturday rehearsals begin in September and continue until the final concert in May, with the exception of those Saturdays when the school is closed for break. In past years the orchestras have appeared in concert venues at the Fenn School, Regis College Fine Arts Center, The Sorenson Center for the Arts (Babson College), and The 51 Walden Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

The Powers Youth Orchestra strives to maintain a strong educational presence in the Boston region by actively working to maintain the integrity and mission of Powers Music School.

Thank you to Johnson String Instrument, our recommended source for many string instruments, for their support of our orchestra program.


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