The Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) consists of five performance groups (four youth orchestras and a youth choir) for students in grades two through twelve.
YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Youth 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
Youth 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
Youth 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 (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.
Justin Lebo, Accompanist
Youth Choir (YC) is a training choir open to students with unchanged voices who are in grades two through eight. 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.