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The College Park Youth Orchestra was formed in 2006 to help young string players develop their reading and listening skills and to introduce them to the joys of ensemble playing. The orchestral repertoire is carefully selected to challenge the reading abilities of string players from the advanced beginner level to the advanced level.
To best meet the needs of its members, the CPYO comprises three ensembles:
The College Park Youth Orchestra meets on scheduled Sundays from September through May. The orchestra performs concerts at the end of the fall, winter, and spring seasons.
Auditions for new members of the Intermediate Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble will be held on Sunday, September 11, at Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Drive in College Park.
Sectional rehearsals are held once in each concert cycle. The sections rehearse at Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Drive in College Park.
Regular rehearsals for Primary Ensemble and Intermediate Ensemble are held at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, in College Park.
Regular rehearsals for Chamber Ensemble are held in the Prince George's Room at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland. (Enter through the side entrance on Alumni Drive, across from the Stadium Drive Garage. Parking on Sunday is $5 in the garage, or free in Lot 1B or Lot Z.)
The CPYO's Primary Ensemble rehearses from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. The Intermediate Ensemble rehearses from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The Chamber Ensemble rehearses from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
For setting up and tuning, players should arrive 15 minutes early. Players should bring their own music stands to rehearsals.
All members must be taking lessons, either privately or in a group, apart from CPYO.
Members of the Primary Ensemble are expected to have skills which, at minimum, include reading knowledge of the notes in first position; quarter, eighth, half, and whole notes and rests; and a comfortable physical set-up. Suzuki students should be working on or beyond the Bach Minuets in Book 1.
Members of the Intermediate Ensemble will be competent readers with knowledge of third position and experience with keys of up to three sharps and three flats. It is recommended that students be working on solo repertoire comparable to that in Suzuki Book 4. They will typically have had some previous ensemble experience, such as a prior CPYO year.
Members of the Chamber Ensemble represent the most advanced players in the CPYO. These musicians should have considerable prior ensemble experience and be ready to pursue technical and musical goals on the highest level.
Auditions are required for new members of the Intermediate and Chamber Ensembles, whether they are entirely new to the CPYO or moving up from another ensemble. Returning members of the Intermediate and Chamber Ensembles, and all members of the Primary Ensemble, need not audition.
Auditions will include, within the limits of available time, sight reading, a prepared solo piece, and the following excerpts and scales.
Intermediate Ensemble excerpts:
Chamber Ensemble excerpts:
Tuition for the year is $300, refundable until October 2. Prospective new members of the Chamber Ensemble or Intermediate Ensemble must add a non-refundable $15 audition fee. Checks should be payable to College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE).
The CPYO will try to provide financial assistance as necessary to allow every qualified and motivated young musician to participate. You can send your confidential inquiry regarding financial assistance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early registration is recommended as spaces are limited. Students who wish to audition for the Intermediate or Chamber Ensemble should register by September 4 to allow time for scheduling an audition.
3/14/2011: A video report in the College Park Patch showed interviews and concert excerpts.
6/19/2008: Van Caldwell's column in the College Park Gazette featured the CPYO as an exemplary addition to Prince George's County.
12/12/2006: Outlook, the University of Maryland's faculty and staff newspaper, spotlighted Ashleigh Butler, an undergraduate majoring in music performance and music education, who has volunteered her time with the CPYO.
2/23/2006: The College Park Gazette profiled the CPYO shortly after its formation.
The College Park Youth Orchestra is supported in part by generous donations from:
Contact a CPYO administrator by e-mailing email@example.com or call us at 301-458-0042.