Young People's Symphonic Orchestra | Webster University

Young People's Symphonic Orchestra



Established almost 40 years ago, the 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 are eligible and invited to audition for the YPSO Concerto Competition.

Online Application for Audition

 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 26, 2019.
Auditions:  Winds, brass, percussion:  Saturday, August 17, 2019 10am-5pm
Strings:  Saturday, August 24, 2019 10am-6pm and Sunday, August 25, 2019 12 noon-6:30 pm. (Friday, August 24, 2018, 4-8pm if needed)

Audition Requirements:


  • Major Scales: C,G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat;  Melodic minor scales: a, e, b, f-sharp, d, g, c, f
  • 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 the conductor (available online Monday, July 30 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: 
Mondays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. beginning September 23, 2019
CMS Center, 535 Garden Ave.

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 18, 2020 2-4pm
Saturday, May 2, 2020 2-4pm

2019-20 Concerts
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 6pm
Sunday, May 3, 2019, 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 of the Yale School of Music.

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