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Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) is composed of over 100 talented young musicians performing challenging works from the standard orchestral repertoire. The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra is open to advanced high-school-age string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra Season! See below for audition / application requirements.

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 12:00 – 3:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, E. V. Moore Building (UM North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

[Updated 6/23/22] View the current MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy (this policy currently applies to the upcoming 2022-23 MYE Season)

CONDUCTOR/FACULTY DIRECTOR – JAYCE OGREN 
Assistant Professor of Conducting
Associate Director of Orchestras

Ogren began his career as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra.  In the years since, he has conducted many of the world’s most prominent orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas and San Francisco Symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Among the wide-ranging progressive projects Ogren has conducted are Basil Twist’s The Rite of Spring with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center; the world premiere of David Lang’s symphony for a broken orchestra, bringing together 400 amateur and professional musicians in Philadelphia; 30th anniversary performances of Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark with Orchestra 2001; and the world premiere of Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown at Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

 


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – KENNETH KIESLER
Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director

Director of orchestras and professor of conducting since 1995, Kenneth Kiesler is a GRAMMY nominee (2014), recipient of the American Prize in Conducting (2011), and Conductor Laureate of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where – as its music director from 1980 to 2000 – he led debuts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, founded the Illinois Symphony Chorus and Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and won several state and national awards. He was also the orchestra’s music advisor for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

Kiesler has conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony, Queensland Symphony in Australia, the Chamber Orchestra of Chile,

MYSO 2022-23 Season ScheduleMYSO 2022-23 Season Schedule

*NOTE: Dates and times for MYSO 2022-23 Season Events are subject to change

Those interested in auditioning for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra Season should prepare the following materials. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all MYSO auditions will be digital. See below for specifics on uploading your audition materials.

 AUDITION REQUIREMENTS – STRINGS
Students interested in auditioning for MYSO on a string instrument should prepare the following materials for a video audition. Students should submit one continuous video that includes the following requirements:

  • A major or minor scale of your choice.
    • Four notes per bow, notes at = 120 b.p.m.
  • A classical solo that demonstrates the best level of both technical and expressive ability. 
  • Pre-selected excerpts that will be available via the SMTD Engagement & Outreach Office. Please contact them via email to obtain the excerpts for your instrument.*A piano accompanist is not required for your audition.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS – BRASS, PERCUSSION, WOODWINDS
Students interested in auditioning for MYSO on a brass, percussion or woodwind instrument should prepare the following materials for a video audition to be submitted by May 1, 2022. Students should submit one continuous video that includes the following requirements:

  • 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 will be available to download at 12:00 p.m. on April 25, 2022.
    • All applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to access excerpts. All MYE applicants are given the same amount of time to review and prepare their excerpts prior to the application deadline.

*A piano accompanist is not required for your audition.

ELIGIBILITY

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra accepts students who perform the following instruments: Violin, Vola, Cello Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion and Piano.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra are open now!

APPLY NOW

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis following the May 1, 2022, priority deadline. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email (smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu) if you have any questions.

2022-2023 Tuition
MYSO Participant – $475.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $315.00 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 Scholarship Awards
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

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 11, 2022). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy.

Contact SMTD’s Engagement & Outreach Office via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or by phone at (734) 936-2660.

DURING MYE SEASON (approx. September – March)
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

OUT OF SEASON (approx. March – August)
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors phone lines during the following hours, regardless of the time of year

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

MYE 2022-2023 Participant & Family Policy Handbook

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.

updated 6/23/22