Young People's Concert Orchestra | Webster University

Young People's Concert Orchestra


YPCO YPCO is the first full orchestra in the CMS 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).

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Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp 
Ages: students through high school 
Application:  Application deadline is Friday, July 26, 2019.
  Wind, brass, percussion:  Saturday, August 17, 2019  10am - 5pm
Strings:  Saturday, August 24, 2019 10am - 6pm and Sunday, August 25, 2019 12 noon - 6:30pm  (Friday, August 23, 2019 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
  • Violin/Viola/Cello:  Play all scales 3 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
  • Bass:  Play all scales 2 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
  • Winds/Brass/Percussion:  Play all scales including chromatic, minimum 2 octaves/range of the instrument, following the rhythm pattern for Missouri All-State auditions (
  • Conductor will include the selected scale with the excerpt

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

Excerpts assigned by the conductor (available online Monday, July 29 after 3pm.  Link will be emailed to all applicants.)

CLICK HERE for the Suggested Audition Repertoire

 Fees:  $528 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 October 3, 2019

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, February 1, 2020 2-4pm
Saturday, May 9, 2020 2-4pm

2019-20 Concerts
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2pm 
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 6pm

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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