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Who is eligible for the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO)?
Any musician in grade 8 and up, to ages 22, who plays an orchestral instrument: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani / percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass. We strongly encourage all youth orchestra members to take private lessons on their instrument.
Is there another ensemble in the WSYO program?
Yes. The Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO) is for string players ages 9-14.
How do I enter the WSYO?
By audition. See WSYO Auditions.
How do I enter the Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO)?
By recommendation of your private teacher. A minimum level of RCM grade 3 or Suzuki book 3 is recommended.
When are rehearsals for WSYO or WSJYO?
Mostly Saturday afternoons, between early September and mid-May, with most rehearsals between 3:00-5:15 p.m (WSYO) and 1:45-3:00 (WSJYO). See Calendar!
What is the fee for Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra?
WSYO: $340 + HST = $384.20
WSJYO: $190 + HST = $214.70
Two children in WSYO: $510 total (half price for the second child) + HST = $576.30
Two children in WSJYO: $285 total (half price for the second child) + HST = $322.05
One child in each ensemble: $435 total (half price for the WSJYO child. + HST = $491.55
Fees must be received by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. After that there will be a $20 late fee. Mail or bring a cheque to Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra, Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor ON N9A 5P4. Talk to Mr. Wiebe if you need to pay in instalments. Please do not bring payments to rehearsals.
Where are the rehearsals?
What it expected for rehearsals?
Learn your notes and rhythms before rehearsals. Always have a pencil with eraser and all your music. If you are a string player and share a stand, use the "outside" player's music. But inside players must also bring their music just in case.
How do I get music for auditions or for playing in the orchestra?
Email Peter Wiebe. He will email music to you.
What about attendance?
Attendance at rehearsals is vital. Sometimes players will say, "I'll practice at home," but it's not the same. The orchestra needs to hear your part, and you need to learn together with the ensemble, listening and adjusting. If you must miss, please email Mr. Wiebe by Thursday with a valid excuse. Please plan social activities around orchestra, not the other way around. If you have an emergency on rehearsal day, please text or phone Mr. Wiebe.
What is the dress code for concerts?
WSYO - All black, dress clothes.
Men- black pants and shirt, black socks and black dress shoes.
Ladies - long or 3/4 length black dress or skirt or long formal black dress pants with black blouse (long or 3/4 sleeved, covered shoulders). Black dress shoes and black stockings.
WSJYO - White dress shirts (long sleeves), black pants (skirts optional for girls), black dress shoes and black stockings.
How many concerts does the WSYO perform?
At least three. In the 2017-18 season there are four concerts scheduled.
If your WSYO or WSJYO question is not answered here, please contact Peter Wiebe.