Young People's Concert Orchestra | Webster University

Young People's Concert Orchestra


YPCO The Young People's Concert Orchestra (YPCO) is the first full orchestra in the Community Music School system. For many students, it is their first experience with strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments together in a group. Emphasis is placed on the development of ensemble skills, accurate intonation, rhythm, and sight-reading. Orchestral literature in arranged and original form is introduced. Past repertoire includes: Die Fledermaus Overture-Strauss (ed. Kennedy), Finale to Symphony No. 5-Shostakovich (arr. Bulla), and An American in Paris Suite-Gershwin (arr. Whitney).

2018-2019 YPCO Seating Chart


Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp 
Ages: students through high school 
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018.
  Wind, brass, percussion:  Saturday, August 18, 2018  10am - 5pm
Strings:  Saturday, August 25, 2018 10am - 6pm and Sunday, August 26, 2018 12noon - 6:30pm  (Friday, August 24, 2018 4-8pm if needed)

Audition Requirements:

Major Scales: C,G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat;  Melodic minor scales: a, e, b, f-sharp, d, g, c

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability.

Excerpts assigned by the the conductor (available online Monday, July 30 after 3pm.  Link will be emailed to all applicants.)

CLICK HERE for the Suggested Audition Repertoire

 Fees:  $510 for the two-semester program

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

Weekly Rehearsals:
Thursdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. beginning September 27, 2018

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 19, 2019 2-4pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 2-4pm

2018-19 Concerts
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 6pm 
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 6pm

At the Community Music School Center, 
535 Garden Ave., 
Webster Groves, MO 63119

FREE and open to the public 

Patrick Jackson, conductor 

Patrick JacksonB.M.E., Jackson State University; Master of Music, Double Bass performance, St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Recipient, Missouri American String Teachers Association's "Secondary String Educator of the Year" award, Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers,2003-04 Kirkwood School District Teacher of the Year, 2003 Emerson "Excellence in Teaching" award, and ST. LOUIS AMERICAN "Excellence in Education" honors. Member of the MSHSAA Music Advisory Committee, American String Teachers Association, M.M.E.A., M.E.N.C. and past Vice-President of High School Orchestra for the St. Louis All-Suburban Music Educators Association. Named a 2011 Distinguished Music Educator by the Yale School of Music.

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