YAO (“Young Artists Orchestra”)
YAO, the most advanced of our ensembles, performs four to six concerts annually, including one side-by-side concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Concerts are performed at Boettcher Concert Hall and Gates Concert Hall. Past repertoire for the orchestra includes Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Brahms’ Symphonies 1, 3, and 4, Dvorak’s Symphonies 6, 7 and 9, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2, and Rite of Spring.
YAO is conducted by DYAO’s Music Director, Wes Kenney. Placement in YAO is determined by audition. Membership is open to musicians between the ages of 13 and 23. Composed of approximately 70 members, DYAO rehearses Saturday mornings from 9:00am-12:30pm at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music (2344 E Iliff Ave, Denver).
Conservatory Orchestra (North/South)
The Conservatory Orchestra is an advanced level ensemble for students who want to advance their orchestral performance skills for advancement into DYAO or collegiate programs. The Conservatory Orchestras perform three concerts annually in conjunction with the String Ensemble. Students receive regular professional coachings throughout the season and attend an overnight retreat in September. Past repertoire includes Beethoven Symphony No. 1, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake ballets.
Placement in the Conservatory Orchestra is by audition. Membership is open to musicians between the ages of 10 and 18. Conservatory Orchestra South rehearses Monday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village). Conservatory Orchestra North rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Denver School of the Arts (7111 Montview Blvd, Denver). Both ensembles (north and south) combine to perform together at concerts.
String Ensemble (North/South)
The String Ensemble gives young music students an opportunity to experience the great wealth of string orchestra literature. The ensemble is designed for those who have developed facility in bowing techniques, reading music, and using vibrato. Comprised of approximately 30 members, the String Ensembles perform four concerts each season in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestras.
Placement in the String Ensemble is determined by audition and membership is open to musicians between the ages of 7 and 13. String Ensemble South rehearses Monday evenings from 5:30pm-6:45pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village). String Ensemble North rehearses Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-6:45pm at the Denver School of the Arts (7111 Montview Blvd, Denver). Both ensembles (north and south) combine to perform together at concerts.