Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra
These classes are designed to help students who have never played a stringed instrument learn to play. Classes will be held on Tuesdays:
- Kindergarten - 2nd grade: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (violin only)
- 3rd Grade & Up: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
We have a group for every student at every playing level. Our programs and schedules are designed to help students transition seamlessly and confidently to higher level playing groups as they develop their musical skills.
String Academy Class - NEW this season!
This class is designed for students who need a little more coaching. This class will help them develop the music reading skills and playing technique to help them succeed at higher orchestra levels. This class can help the student transition from Suzuki method to reading & playing music more independently. K-3rd Grade Class & 4th grade & Up Class
Jam Club - Special Needs Music Program - NEW this season!
Jam Club is a Music Therapy based music education program designed with the cognitive and physical needs of special needs students in mind. This class will be led by MVYSO's own Music Therapist and Recreation Therapist. Students will work toward both musical and social goals and get the opportunity to perform special music pieces with MVYSO's Symphony Orchestra. For ages Middle School - High School
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Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Programs
This Orchestra is open to string players with 1-3 years of playing experience. Our string specialist will help students develop skills in playing independent parts in a music ensemble. This group has 2 concerts per season. Suggested Playing Level: ability to read key signatures: C,G,D,F, and B-flat as well as 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 time signatures and simple rhythms
- Mondays: 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
This orchestra is open to brass, woodwind and percussion players with 1-3 years of experience and string players with 2-4 years of playing experience. Musical goals include learning to play comfortably in sharp and flat key signatures with more complex rhythm patterns. Students will work in large group and wind/percussion and string sectionals in each rehearsal. This group has 2 concerts per season. Suggested playing level: ability to read and play music in C, 3 sharp and 3 flat key signatures, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4 and 6/8 time signatures. Ability to read and perform increasingly complex rhythm patterns.
- Mondays: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
This orchestra is open to string, brass, woodwind and percussion players with 3-5 years playing experience. Musical goals include improving pitch and rhythm accuracy in increasingly complex keys and rhythm patterns. Students will work in large group and sectionals in each rehearsal. This group has 3 concerts per season. Students with exemplary work ethic will be invited to audition for Tour Orchestra.
Suggested playing level: ability to read and play music in C, 4 sharp and 4 flat key signatures with increasingly complex rhythm patterns such as triplets and sixteenth patterns.
- Mondays: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This orchestra is open to string, brass, woodwind and percussion players with 4+ years playing experience who are looking for the challenge of performing master works of composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Students will work in large group and sectionals in each rehearsal. Symphony Orchestra performs 3 concerts per season as well as for several community based events. Symphony students are eligible for Tour Orchestra.
Suggested playing level: ability to read and play music in all key signatures and all rhythm patterns.
- Mondays: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
MVYSO's Ambassador Ensembles are honor ensembles that meet for one hour before each symphony rehearsals. Students are invited to perform in these groups based on their auditions. Ambassador ensembles learn what it's like to be "Gig" musicians as they often perform in the community for events where it is not feasible to have a full orchestra. Ambassador groups include:
- String Sinfonietta for string players
- Chamber Winds for woodwind and brass players
MVYSO's Tour Orchestra will represent the MVYSO and the community of Maple Valley in community based events such as the Opening Day of the Maple Valley Farmer's Market and Maple Valley's 4th of July Fireworks. Tour Orchestra will also represent MVYSO and our community on a 2 day bus tour or other travel. Rehearsals will be on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. following our regular season.