Michigan Youth Philharmonia Orchestra

Last updated 7/15/24


We’re excited to announce MYPO’s repertoire for the Fall 2024 Semester! See below for selections:

  • W.A. Mozart, Overture to Lucio Silla
  • A. Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. 6 no. 8
  • M. Ravel , The Enchanted Garden
  • S. Hee Newbold , Iditarod

The Michigan Youth Philharmonia Orchestra (MYPO) is one of the latest ensemble offerings from the Michigan Youth Ensembles (MYE) program. MYPO is a string-only orchestra, open to students between grades 6 (six) through 8 (eight) for the 2024-2025 academic year. Students will participate in weekly rehearsals, working with current SMTD Faculty and Students, preparing and performing challenging string orchestra repertoire in U-M’s historic Hill Auditorium!

MYPO Announcements

(6/25/24) MYPO Make-Up Auditions Available – 7/20/24

There’s still time to submit a make-up audition for MYPO’s inaugural season!  Make-up auditions are being accepted up through Saturday, July 20th, 2024. Information can be found in the “Auditions | Eligibility” section below. Contact the Office of Engagement & Outreach ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Rehearsal Information

Time: Sundays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall

E. V. Moore Building
(U-M North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

All rehearsals / events will take place at that above listed time and location unless otherwise noted

MYPO Season Schedule

Click the button below to access next season’s schedule


Chair of Music Education / Professor of Music

Michael Hopkins is professor and chair of Music Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches courses in string techniques, orchestra methods, research methods, and the psychology of music. He has been a guest conductor at over 100 orchestra festivals and clinics throughout the United States, and has given over 60 presentations at national, international, and state music education conferences on various topics in string education and music technology. He is very active as a composer and arranger, and has composed and arranged over 70 published works for orchestra. His music is published by Alfred Music Publishing, Grand Mesa Music, Kendor Music Publishing, Inc., and J.W. Pepper’s MyScore. His works have been commissioned by many schools and ensembles throughout the U.S.

He is the author of The Art of String Teaching, a comprehensive string pedagogy resource for pre-service teachers, professional orchestra conductors, teachers of group string classes, and private studio teachers. The Art of String Teaching has a complementary YouTube channel, a pedagogical resource with over 100 videos demonstrating all aspects of string technique.

Hopkins has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, CRME Bulletin, Music Education Research, Journal of Music, Technology and Education, American String Teacher, String Research Journal, the Music Educators’ Journal, and The Instrumentalist.

Hopkins is the director of the Michigan String Educators Workshop and the U-M Bass Bash Festival. He serves on the board of the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and has served on several national committees, including the Collegiate Committee and the Research Committee.

Auditions | Eligibility

Applications for make up auditions for the 2024-2025 MYPO Season are now available. See below for application / audition requirements

Make Up Auditions will only be accepted for the following instruments: Double Bass, Viola and Violin


  • Prepare specific audition materials listed below and upload them to your application before submitting (see below for requirements).
  • Complete the 2024-2025 Michigan Youth Ensembles Application via the button below.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify based on financial need (contact Engagement & Outreach Staff for more information).
  • Submit your completed application with recorded audition materials by 5:00 P.M. Saturday, July 20th, 2024

*NOTE*: All make up auditions for the Michigan Youth Philharmonia Orchestra 2024-2025 season will be submitted virtually. No live make up auditions will be held. 

Students interested in auditioning for MYPO should prepare the following materials for their MYE audition:

1. Scales: Play the following scales from memory in eighth notes, with a minimum tempo of quarter note = 60.

  • Violin: 2-octave D major and F major scales.
  • Viola, Cello, and Double Bass: 2-octave G major and B-flat major scales.

2. Solo: Play 1-2 minutes from a solo piece demonstrating your technical and expressive ability.

3. Orchestra Excerpts: Play the following orchestra excerpts, pre-selected by faculty, on your instrument.

    Students interested in the Michigan Youth Philharmonia Orchestra must be enrolled in grades 6 (six) through 8 (eight) for the 2024-2025 academic year.

    For questions about applications, audition requirements, or the audition process, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at [email protected].

    Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

    Updated for the 2024-2025 MYE Season

    Participant – $350.00
    Non-refundable application fee – $30

    A discounted tuition rate of $330.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

    • Monthly Expenses
    • Previous Year’s Tax Return
    • Statement of Need

    Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled rehearsal of the current concert season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

    Contact Us

    Email at [email protected]
    Phone at (734) 936-2660

    The Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails / phone lines at the following times:

    • Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST