Young People's Symphonic Orchestra | Webster University

Young People's Symphonic Orchestra



Established almost 40 years ago, the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (YPSO) is the most advanced of the School's ensembles, performing a wide range of orchestral literature in its original form. This full orchestra focuses members' attention on the refinement of ensemble skills, intonation, sight-reading, and orchestral discipline, while increasing performance standards (transposition for some instruments). Past repertoire includes:  Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Bizet Symphony No. 1, and movements from Copland's Rodeo. All members of YPSO are eligible and invited to audition for the YPSO Concerto Competition.

2018-2019 YPSO Seating Chart

 Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp
Ages: students through high school
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018.
Auditions:  Winds, brass, percussion:  Saturday, August 18, 2018 10am-5pm
Strings:  Saturday, August 25, 2018 10am-6pm and Sunday, August 26, 2018 12noon-6:30 pm. (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: 
Mondays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. beginning September 10, 2018
CMS Center, 535 Garden Ave.

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 12, 2019 2-4pm
Saturday, April 27, 2019 2-4pm

2018-19 Concerts
Sunday, January 13, 2019, 6pm
Sunday, April 27, 2019, 2pm

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 of the Yale School of Music.

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