The DYAO has three levels of orchestras for our participants. To determine which ensemble might be best for your student, be sure to download a copy of our proficiency standards. If you have questions please contact us at email@example.com.
Young Artists Orchestra
The Young Artists Orchestra is the most advanced of our ensembles. YAO is conducted by Music Director Wes Kenney. Membership is open to musicians between the ages of 13 and 23. Participation is determined by an audition. They perform four to six concerts annually, including one side-by-side concert with the Colorado Symphony. Students receive regular professional coachings throughout the season and attend an overnight retreat in September. Concerts are performed at Boettcher Concert Hall and Gates Concert Hall. Composed of approximately 90 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).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, and Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2.
The Conservatory Orchestra is an advanced level ensemble for students who want to advance their orchestral performance skills for advancement into the Young Artists Orchestra and 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 rehearses Monday evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village). **On seating audition days, the time may be extended to 9pm**
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 40 members, the String Ensemble performs four concerts each season in conjunction with the Conservatory Orchestra.
Placement in the String Ensemble is determined by audition. Membership is open to musicians between the ages of 7 and 13. String Ensemble South rehearses Monday evenings from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Bethany Lutheran Church (4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village). ** On seating audition days, the time may begin earlier, at 5:00pm**