Ensembles

The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) consists of six performance groups (four youth orchestras and two youth choirs) for students in grades two through twelve. The QCSYE Audition Guide outlines how to apply or audition for any of the six ensembles.

YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Ernesto Estigarribia, Conductor

ensembles-QCSYE-ysoYouth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is a full symphony orchestra comprised of nearly 90 members and is the premiere youth orchestra in the region. Members perform several times throughout the year in a variety of rewarding performance settings, including the Side-by-Side concert with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mark Russell Smith, where they perform advanced orchestral repertoire.

YSO is primarily intended to serve students in grades nine through twelve and generally rehearses on Sundays from 5:45 – 8:15 p.m.

YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Ernesto Estigarribia, Conductor

ensembles-QCSYE-ypoYouth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is an advanced orchestra whose members experience playing in a full orchestra with strings, winds, and percussion. The YPO performs original repertoire, as well as challenging arrangements of great orchestral masterpieces.

YPO is primarily intended to serve students in grades six through eleven and generally rehearses on Sundays from 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.

YOUTH STRING ENSEMBLE

Michele Ottesen, Conductor

ensembles-QCSYE-yseYouth String Ensemble (YSE) is an intermediate string ensemble for young musicians. Participation in the YSE develops members’ individual technique and prepares them for a full orchestra experience.

YSE is primarily intended to serve students in grades five through nine and rehearses on Sundays from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

PRELUDE STRINGS

Dortha DeWit, Conductor

ensembles-QCSYE-preludePrelude Strings (PS) is an introductory-preparatory ensemble for young string musicians. Through participation in PS, members improve individual playing technique, develop ensemble skills, and gain valuable performance experience.

PS primarily serves students in grades four through eight and generally rehearses Sundays from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

YOUTH CHOIR

Catherine Lyon, Conductor
Pablo Gorin, Accompanist

ensembles-QCSYE-ChoirYouth Choir (YC) is a training choir open to students in elementary and middle school. Members must have an unchanged voice, be able to match pitch, and sing well in tune with others. Participants improve individual vocal technique, develop ensemble skills, and gain valuable performance experience in a variety of rewarding performance settings.

YC rehearses on Sundays from 3:30 – 5:15 p.m.

PREPARATORY CHOIR

Catherine Lyon, Conductor
Pablo Gorin, Accompanist

Preparatory Choir (PC) is a choir for younger singers, designed to develop a love for singing. The PC will focus on performance etiquette, basic sight reading of simple rhythms and melodies, singing in unison with a beautiful tone, as well as harmony with partner songs.

PC generally rehearses on Sundays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Funding for the QCSO website provided by the Scott County Regional Authority