The Valley Youth Orchestra, which began in January 1999 (see brief listing of conductors below), provides a rich orchestral experience for young string musicians from Western Colorado's Uncompahgre Valley (Montrose and Delta Counties), North Fork of Delta County (Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford) and the Grand Valley (Grand Junction, Fruita and Clifford).
The Valley Youth Orchestra is a board-run, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission is to provide young string musicians the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of orchestral rehearsals and performances in a nurturing environment. In addition, we strive to provide small groupings for community nursing and assisted living homes as well as performing at local schools through our Strings in School program and at various service organization gatherings.
The Valley Youth Orchestra is actually three string orchestras in one.
The Concertino I Orchestra is comprised of beginner students
The Philharmonic II Orchestra is comprised of intermediate students
The Symphonic III Chamber Orchestra is comprised of the more advanced students.
All three groupings are supported by youth players from the more advanced groups and adult mentors from the Valley Symphony Orchestra. The Valley Youth Orchestra meets and performs primarily on the Western Slope of Colorado, but has members coming from all over the Western Slope. Currently we have members from four counties - namely, Ouray, Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties. We hope YOU will consider joining us!
Auditions were Saturday morning, August 23rd for the 2014-2015 Season. Contact the Orchestra Manager, Dan Lamar, with questions.
Location: Delta United Methodist Church, 477 Meeker (5th and Meeker - see map) Please use the entrance on 5th Street between Main Street and Meeker beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Auditions will take place on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
Registration and sign-up for volunteer committees will take place during audition so please have the following with you*:
Musician's private teacher's name and contact information (Phone number and email address)
Musician's and parents' schedules for planning purposes
Registration fee (please see below)
* Note: Please consider preregistering online using our Online Registration Form. Everyone needs to register online either at the audition or before. You do not need to pay when you preregister but you can save $10 by paying on or before August 23rd.
What to prepare for Auditions:
All levels: to play a solo of your choice (NOTE: Please bring a copy of your solo for Ms TenNapel)
All levels: to play some sight reading at your level
Concertino I: to play a one octave scale in the key of A, D or G beginning with the corresponding open string.
Philharmonic: to play a 2 octave scale (preferably moving out of first position).
Chamber III: to play a 3 octave scale.
If you have questions about auditions, please contact the Orchestra Manager, Dan Lamar
Registration Fee - $260 per Concert Season
One payment of $250 paid at the first rehearsal for the Season provides a $10 discount for you
Two payments of $130 in Sept, and January
Three payments of $90 in Sept, Dec, and March
Work out a different payment schedule with the Orchestra Manager
For families with more than one VYO student, the Season fee is reduced to $200 for the second member.
The Registration/Tuition/Fee includes tuition for rehearsals and concerts, and helps cover miscellaneous and budgeted expenses such as salaries for Director/Conductor and Orchestra Manager, music licenses, music copies, some instrument repairs, etc. Other funds are raised through grants, donations, and our yearly Dinner Concert and Silent Auction.
Please make sure you have registered first, then you can Pay tuition with this button.
*On the next screen you will enter the amount of tuition you have chosen to pay based on the list above.