New Season for the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra

The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra will begin its 24th season in November. The QAYO provides playing opportunities for student musicians from the tri-state area, allowing them to share and combine talents, improve reading and ensemble skills, perform standard orchestral literature, and to have fun while creating music. Under the baton of Trent A. Hollinger, the Youth Orchestra will share the annual Young Artists Concert on Feb. 9, 2014 with the Quincy Symphony, and will present their spring concert, Old World, New World, on Feb. 24, 2014.

The QAYO will hold auditions for all new and continuing musicians from 2-6 p.m. on Oct. 20. Alternate audition times may be arranged for special circumstances. Prospective members must be in grades 7-12 and must have at least three years of playing experience. The audition is required to determine proficiency on the student’s instrument and to assign seating within the orchestra. Membership may be limited to maintain a proper balance of instruments in the orchestra. String players are especially encouraged to audition. Auditions will include playing scales, performing excerpts and playing a solo. All students are encouraged to use audition material used for IMEA or school seating auditions for their solo selection. Excerpts will be found on the Youth Orchestra section of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association website www.qsoa.org.

The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra is funded in part by Encore! Symphony Volunteer Council, the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund of the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area and the Tracy Family Foundation. For further information or to set up an audition time, please contact the Symphony Office at (217) 222-2856, or email [email protected]