Meet the QCSYEs

Ensembles

YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Benjamin Klemme, conductor

The Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) was founded in 1958 as a training ensemble for school-aged musicians. YSO, a full symphony orchestra comprised of nearly 100 members, is now the most advanced of the four QCSYE orchestras. Students perform several times throughout the year in a variety of rewarding performance settings, including a Side-by-Side concert with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mark Russell Smith. YSO is primarily intended to serve students in grades nine through twelve and rehearses Sundays from 5:45 - 8:15 p.m. at Davenport Central High School (1120 Main St, Davenport, IA 52803).


YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Benjamin Klemme, conductor

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) is an intermediate full orchestra that aims to prepare its members for musical participation in the Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Students experience playing in a full orchestra with strings, winds, and percussion and original repertoire, as well as arrangements of great orchestral masterpieces.  YPO is primarily intended to serve students in grades six through eleven and rehearses Sundays from 3:00-5:15 p.m. at Davenport Central High School (1120 Main St, Davenport, IA 52803).


YOUTH STRING ENSEMBLE

Michele Ottesen, conductor

PRELUDE STRINGS

Dortha DeWit, conductor

Youth String Ensemble (YSE) and Prelude Strings (PS) are introductory ensembles for young string musicians. Through participation in these orchestras, students improve individual playing technique, develop ensemble skills, and gain valuable performance experience. YSE is primarily intended to serve students in grades five through ten and rehearses Sundays from 5:15-7:00 p.m. at Davenport Central High School (1120 Main St, Davenport, IA 52803); PS grades four through eight and rehearses Sundays from 3:15-4:45 p.m. at Davenport Central High School (1120 Main St, Davenport, IA 52803).


YOUTH CHOIR

Youth Choir (YC) is an exciting performance opportunity 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 Sundays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Davenport Central High School (1120 Main St, Davenport, IA 52803).