Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras
The Southeastern Massachusetts Youth Orchestras program was established in 2008 under the auspices of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra for students from pre-school beginners to advanced college players. The Youth Orchestras comprise five ensembles and a chamber music program under the SEMAYO umbrella: the Symphony Orchestra, the Repertory Orchestra, the Debut Orchestra, Preparatory String Ensemble and Poco Strings. Rehearsals for all orchestras are held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts. Auditions are held in the fall for the four larger orchestra ensembles; no audition is required for the Poco Strings or chamber music programs.
The Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra made up of advanced players of all orchestral instruments. The repertoire studied and performed encompasses a wide range of orchestral styles and time periods. Sectional coaching sessions are a part of the regular rehearsal schedule.
The Repertory Orchestra is an intermediate level ensemble open to players of all orchestral instruments. The focus of this orchestra is on the development of individual and ensemble performance skills in a full orchestra setting.
The Debut Orchestra is an early intermediate ensemble open to players of all orchestral instruments with established basic playing skills. The focus of this group is the development of ensemble performance skills, as well as preparation for performance at the end of each semester.
The Preparatory String Ensemble is an elementary ensemble open to players of all stringed instruments with established basic playing skills. The focus of this group is the development of ensemble performance skills, as well as preparation for performance at the end of each semester.
The Poco Strings is a beginning string ensemble open to students interested in learning to play a stringed instrument. Students in this ensemble will develop basic playing skills on their instruments during Suzuki-style group classes. The group offers its members an early ensemble experience, leading to multiple performances during the year.
The Chamber Music Program gives youth orchestra students the chance to play chamber music in duos, trios, quartets, or quintets and receive professional coaching. Students will have a weekly hour-long coaching session tailored to each member’s level coupled with performance opportunities in the community, including prior to NBSO concerts. Players of all instruments and ages are welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Information about the youth orchestra program and the form to apply for financial aid can be found at semayo.org/auditions-and-program-info