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 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Ensemble Room at Augustana College.


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 3:00-5:30 p.m. in the Ensemble Room at Augustana College.


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 Thursdays from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at First Congregational Church (2201 7th Avenue, Moline); PS grades four through eight and rehearses Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Two Rivers United Methodist Church (1820 5th Avenue, Rock Island).


YOUTH CHOIR

Mary Tallitsch, conductor

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, including participation in the QCSO's annual Holiday Pops concerts. YC rehearses Thursdays from 5:45-7:45 p.m. at Two Rivers United Methodist Church (1820 5th Avenue, Rock Island).