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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.

New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras - Symphony

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.

New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras - Repertory

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.

New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras - Debut

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.

New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestras - Poco Strings

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 youth@nbsymphony.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

2018-2019 Auditions

New students and returning students who did not audition at the end of the last season must audition on September 5 and 6 from 6pm to 9pm at the UMass campus. Please see the youth orchestra website at semayo.org for audition requirements and email youth@nbsymphony.org no later than August 31 to schedule your time slot.

2018-2019 Concert Dates

  • November 18 at 3pm
  • December 15 at 3:30pm and 7pm, NBSO Family Holiday Pops, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
  • March 17 at 3pm
  • May 19 at 3pm

For more information about the Youth Orchestra, visit semayo.org.