Young People's Symphonic Orchestra



Established almost 40 years ago, the Young People's Symphonic 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:  Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Bizet Symphony No. 1, and Tchaikovsky's Suite from Swan Lake.) All members of YPSO are eligible and invited to audition for the Concerto Competition.

2016-17 Concerts

3 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017 - rescheduled date
7 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

FREE and open to the public 

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp

Ages: students in grades 7-12

Weekly Rehearsals: Mondays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. 

David Commanday, conductor

David CommandayA.B. Harvard University. M.M., University of Vienna. Artistic Director/Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra and Artist in Residence, Eureka College. The Heartland Festival Orchestra and Commanday were named Illinois Professional Orchestra and Conductor of the Year 2011 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Extensive national & international guest-conducting. Earlier professional posts: Music Director, Boston Ballet; Associate Conductor, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Music Director, Peoria Symphony Orchestra. With young musicians: Artistic Director of the NJ Youth Symphony, Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (acclaimed for world premieres, prize-winning recordings, international tours, and 3 ASCAP awards). Faculty positions: Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, and Montclair State and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. Performing and teaching cellist.

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