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By mail: 4800 SW Macadam Ave, Suite 105 Portland Oregon 97239
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Join the MYS community and audition for our 2017-18 season! Auditions are held every June, August, November, and by appointment. August auditions are fully booked and are now by appointment only. Please call Production Manager, Chris Whittemore at (503) 239-4566 to schedule an audition, and fill out our online registration form.
The MYS family is growing, and we have created a new intermediate-level orchestra, Sinfonietta Orchestra, which will be conducted by Music Director, Raúl Gómez. Ensemble description:
This full orchestra introduces young musicians to fun and challenging music at a very crucial moment in their artistic development. In addition to symphonic repertoire, selections may include music from films, video games, Broadway shows and more, which will be attractive to students from both orchestral and band backgrounds.
Students in this orchestra will work under the direction of MYS Music Director Raúl Gómez, and will polish their ensemble playing abilities, including rhythmic accuracy, tone production, balance, dynamics, blend, and most importantly: listening! Strings must perform between Baroque and Vivaldi Strings level. Woodwinds and brass must perform at or above Concert Band level. It is recommended that all players in this orchestra take private lessons.
Sinfonietta will rehearse on Saturdays from 1pm to 3pm at Roseway Heights School. The addition of the orchestra will not impact the placement of the majority of students who auditioned in May and June.
We are also excited to announce the creation of an Artist in Residence program for our top advanced string ensemble, MYSfits. Players in this group will work with three different world-class artists, one for each concert term. Mr. Gómez will continue to serve as Director of the group, working together with each Artist in Residence to select repertoire and coach the ensemble. The MYSfits Artist in Residence for the first term of this season is Oregon Symphony's Brian Quincey.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops and promotes young musicians. We enroll over 500 students from the Greater Portland Metro area and SW Washington, in 12 orchestra, band and jazz ensembles each year. MYS is one of the largest youth music organizations in the country and one of the few offering a jazz program. MYS' strong financial aid program ensures that all interested musicians have an opportunity to join MYS.