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Michigan Youth Symphonic Band

The Michigan Youth Symphonic Band (MYSB) provides woodwind, brass and percussion students rigorous experience in performing intensive and demanding repertoire in a broad range of styles. Due to restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, MYSB will be moving online for the 2020-21 Season! This online format will include rehearsals with SMTD faculty and students, as well as weekly educational webinars ranging on subjects specific to band, SMTD admissions, best practices on recording yourself from home, and much more. Each semester will conclude with virtual performance of videos compiled from all MYSB participants.

Students may sign up exclusively to the webinar series if they still want access to weekly educational webinars without participating in weekly rehearsals. More information on applications is available below.

Both the online MYSB ensemble and webinar series are open to advanced high-school aged level woodwind, brass and percussion musicians.

U-M Faculty Director: Courtney Snyder, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Bands

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 2:45 – 3:45PM webinar, 4:00 – 5:30 PM rehearsal
Rehearsal Location: Online via Zoom meeting (accessible via the MYSB course on Canvas)

Repertoire for Fall 2020

  • Second Suite for Military Band in F Major – Movement IV – G. Holst
  • Collective Music Composition
    Students will experience collectively composing pieces of music via online collaboration and file transfer. Through this process, they will not only continue to play their instruments, but will more clearly understand the many elements that go into creating a piece of music. By the end of this unit, each student will have progressed from composing a 15-second passage to producing a two minute or longer piece of music using their own material combined with that of their fellow students.

Fall Term* (2020)
September 13
MYSB Rehearsal 1 & Orientation

September 20
MYSB Rehearsal 2 & Webinar 1
Webinar Topic: How to prepare for a first rehearsal

September 27
MYSB Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 2
Webinar Topic: Recording strategies

October 4
MYSB Rehearsal 4 & Webinar 3 October 4
Webinar Topic: Composer Discussion – Alex Shapiro

October 11
MYSB Rehearsal 5 & Webinar 4
Webinar Topic: How to be a good section leader / section member

October 18
MYSB Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 5
Webinar Topic: Faculty Discussion – Caroline Coade

October 25
MYSB Rehearsal 7 & Webinar 6
Webinar Topic: How to approach a musical score

November 1
MYSB Rehearsal 8 & Webinar 7
Webinar Topic: Artist Discussion – Andrew Koeppe

November 8
MYSB Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 8
Webinar Topic: How to practice

November 15
MYSB Rehearsal 10 & Webinar 9
Webinar Topic: Recording comparisons (both band and orchestra)

November 22
MYSB Rehearsal 11 & Webinar 10
Webinar Topic: Social Justice Discussion – Omar Thomas & Kevin Day

*Webinar session dates are subject to change. Be sure to look for updates via the MSYB Canvas page / weekly rehearsal email for the latest information.

Winter Term* (2021)
January 24
MYSB Rehearsal 1 & Webinar 1

January 31
MYSB Rehearsal 2 & Webinar 2

February 7
MYSB Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 3

February 14
MYSB Rehearsal 4 & Webinar 4

February 21
MYSB Rehearsal 5 & Webinar 5

February 28
MYSB Rehearsal 6 & Webinar 6

March 7
MYSB Rehearsal 7 & Webinar 7

March 14
MYSB Rehearsal 8 & Webinar 8

March 21
MYSB Rehearsal 9 & Webinar 9

March 28
MYSB Rehearsal 10 & Webinar 10

*Final rehearsal / webinar information for the Winter 2021 forthcoming. Be sure to check back in late October / early November 2020.

These sections are still accepting applications:

  • Bb Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Baritone Saxophone
  • Euphonium
  • Bass Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion

All auditions will be uploaded as one continuous video. Auditions should be no more than 10 minutes in length. An audition isn’t considered complete unless it stays within the allotted time AND contains all stated repertoire / exercise requirements.

Brass & Woodwinds

  • A chromatic scale showing your full range on your instrument 
  • Triplet eighth notes, quarter note = 100 b.p.m., slurred or tongued, start on your lowest note
  • A classical solo that demonstrates the best level of both technical and expressive ability. 
  • Pre-selected excerpts that you can download beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 10, through 11:59 p.m., August 14. You can find links to the excerpts posted on MYE Acceptd landing page
  • A piano accompanist is not required.

Percussion

  • All percussionists will audition in person at a later date. Please stay tuned for details.

Digital Audition FAQ

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

MYE Online Application Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Open – August 10, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Closes – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
MYE Online Application Deadline – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
Admission Notification – August 24, 2020

MYE Application Process

1 – Fill out the MYE online application form

2 – Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee

3 – Create an Account on Acceptd
How to sign up for an Acceptd account

4 – Upload your audition materials to the Acceptd portal
Acceptd Digital Audition Instructions

Prospective students must complete all four steps to be considered for MYE full participation.

Please note: All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, if positions are available.

  1. Fill out the MYE online application form
  2. Pay $50 non-refundable application fee

No audition is required for the webinar series.

Applications Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Application Deadline – September 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EST

2020-2021 Tuition
MYSB Participant – $325.00
MYSB Webinar Series Only – $125.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $175.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

Need-Based Financial Assistance
A limited number of need-based awards are available. To be considered for a need-based award you must complete the online financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 13, 2020). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Please contact us at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2020-2021 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be available in mid-August.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information. Each ensemble will have a separate Canvas page, available by September 8, 2020. Information will be emailed in mid-August with directions for setting up your Canvas “Friend Account.”

Student Absence Form
To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.