Getting Started

Dates & Deadlines: 

01 May – Audition/Application/Tuition Due

***Tuition late fee applies after this date***

03 May – Music and other instructions emailed to students

03 Jun – Vivace Orchestra Camp begins!

To be placed in an orchestra, ALL students must either submit a recorded audition, be invited to enroll based on a previous audition with Program Director, OR already be in these orchestra programs:
1. Vivace Youth Orchestra: May enroll in Vivace Orchestra A if in high school or late junior high.
2. Vivace Chamber Ensemble may enroll in Presto Orchestra B
3. Lyceum Philharmonic students may enroll in Vivace Orch A.
4. Lyceum Concert Orchestra may enroll in Vivace A if in HS or late JH, or Presto B.
5. Lyceum Symphonic Strings may enroll in Presto B or submit an audition if they want to move up.
6. Lyceum Chamber Ensemble may enroll in Presto B.
7. Lyceum Crescendo and Prelude students may enroll in Concertino Orchestra C.
8. Utah Valley Philharmonic may enroll in Vivace Orchestra A.
9. Utah Valley Youth Symphony should submit a recorded audition.
10. Nebo, Jordan, Canyons, Davis, or Granite Youth Symphony should submit a recorded audition.
11. All State Orchestra participants my enroll in Vivace Orchestra A.
12. All State Junior Orchestra participants my enroll in Presto Orchestra B, unless they want to submit an audition.
13. Suzuki Book One Children ages 4-9 should register for Orchestra D
Any of above students may submit a recorded audition if they feel they would like to move up to a higher level orchestra.

After reading descriptions below and submitting your auditions, please click on the following links to view/complete the requirements:




Orchestra and Chorus Descriptions:

Vivace Orchestra A – $200 — 9:00-3:30 daily 

(includes a 12:30 enrichment course, free!)

Orchestra students should read music including all common clefs and positions and show musical fluency across the full range of their instrument. Instrumentation includes four stringed orchestra instruments. Levels could start at about Suzuki book 6 and go through “out of the books” (or intermediate and advanced concerti) for violin and viola; CELLI: approx. book 5 to out of the books. BASSES at about the Dragonetti+ level.  Private lessons, 2-3 years of orchestra experience, and ages late junior high/high school are strongly preferred. Younger JH with special permission.

Presto Orchestra B – $150 — 9:00-1:30 daily (includes a 12:30 enrichment course, free!)

This advanced string ensemble provides students the opportunity to perform the masterworks of string literature. Students should read music well with good intonation and beautiful tone, be comfortable shifting into higher positions, performing vibrato, be capable of playing fast passage work including difficult key signatures, and preferably be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble is open to string players of all ages with about 2-3 years of orchestra experience. Levels include Suzuki book 3-5 for violinists & violists, Bk 3-4 for cellists, pre-Dragonetti level for bassists. .

Concertino Orchestra C – $125 –11:30-3:00 (includes a 12:30 enrichment course, free!)

Students should read music well, play in tune with beautiful tone and possibly some vibrato, know all 1st position notes and be comfortable with somebasic shifting on their instrument and hopefully be studying with a private teacher. This ensemble is open to string players of all ages. Levels are about Suzuki book 2-3 for violinists and violists, about book 2 for cellists, and book 2 for bassists.

New Youth Chorus Program E — $100 — 10:30-1:30 daily

Come sing with us!  The youth chorus will be divided into 2/1 hour class periods with a lunch and activity hour in the middle.  We will learn to find and match pitch, begin to hear and sing a part if this is new to you. For more experienced singers you will gain confidence singing a part, learning healthy vocal production, and improving your skills in a choir setting through blend, dynamics and musical contrast.  For those desiring some additional personal coaching a master class experience will be offered. If you are interested sign up and pay the fee ($10). We will take the first four students. Come prepared to perform a solo number in front of the class and receive tips to help you with your performance and vocal technique.  The youth chorus is open to children ages 8-18. Changed voice young men are welcome. No auditions are necessary. Please fill out the registration form and include musical experience and voicing choice. (Soprano, Alto Tenor, Bass) If you are unsure of this we can assign you on the first day of class. We will perform 3-4 selections during the concert on Saturday and one number will be accompanied by the orchestra.

Children’s Beginning Orchestra D – $50 — 12:30-1:30 daily

Children’s orchestra is approximately ages 4-9 students playing in Suzuki Book One.  Play a one octave- D Major Scale for audition. Private lessons and a parent on board are required.

Enrichment Class Only – $75 — 12:30-1:30 daily

Choose one of our fabulous enrichment courses (no audition required):

  • Cello Choir
  • Bass Ensemble
  • Fiddling
  • Chorus for String Players (this class combines with New Youth Chorus during the Enrichment hour, 12:30-1:30 daily
  • Orchestra D
  • Quartet, Small Chamber Ensemble
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