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 22nd for the 2015-2016 Season. Contact the Orchestra Manager, Dan Lamar, with questions.
Location: Delta Middle School, (8th and Grand - - see map) Please use the NORTH entrance (facing the Park) on 8th Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:40 a.m.)
Auditions took place on a "first-come, first-served" basis but are still happening through September 8th by contacting our Conductor, Mrs. TenNapel by clicking on her name on the website*:
Sign-up for volunteer committees are still happening by contacting our Vice Chair (just click on her name under Board Member)*::
Musician's private teacher's name and contact information (Phone number and email address(es))
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 MUST pay on or before the first Rehearsal on September 10th/12th. You can even save $10 by paying on or before the August 22nd Audition Day.
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
One payment of $260 paid after the first rehearsal but before the Fall concert
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 or $70 per Trimester for each new family 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.
Additional $50 per Family: The VYO Board has chosen to implement a $50 deposit per family which can be earned back with a minimum of six Volunteer Hours logged in by family members. The deposit is due at Registration and will be reimbursed in June 2016 if the Volunteer Hours have been logged by the end of the third concert. The VYO Vice President will act as Volunteer Coordinator and will record Volunteer Hours for each family.
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.