Menu

MYE Symphony Orchestra

The Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) contains over 100 talented young musicians from across the region, performing challenging and works from standard orchestral repertoire. MYSO Students will have the opportunity to receive coaching and side-by-side experiences with U-M Faculty and Students, performing in many of U-M’s premiere concert venues including historic Hill Auditorium. This ensemble is open to advanced high-school aged strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion musicians.

Music Director: Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Conductor: Adrian Slywotsky

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 12:00 PM-3:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, Earl V. Moore Building, 1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor

Winter term (2020)

Rehearsals: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 8, 15, 22
Concert: March 23, 7:00 PM, Hill Auditorium

Fall Term (2020)
MYSO Rehearsal 1 & Orientation – September 13
MYSO Rehearsal 2 – September 20
MYSO Rehearsal 3 – September 27
MYSO Rehearsal 4 – October 4
MYSO Rehearsal 5 – October 11
MYSO Rehearsal 6 – October 18
MYSO Rehearsal 7 – October 25
MYSO Rehearsal 8 – November 1
MYSO Dress Rehearsal – November 8, Hill Auditorium
MYSB / MYSO Fall Concert – November 9, 7:00 PM, Hill Auditorium

Winter Term (2021)
MYSO Rehearsal 1 – January 10
MYSO Rehearsal 2 – January 17
MYSO Rehearsal 3 – January 24
MYSO Rehearsal 4 – January 31
MYSO Rehearsal 5 – February 7
MYSO Rehearsal 6 – February 14
MYSO Rehearsal 7 – February 21
MYSO Rehearsal 8 – March 7
MYSO Rehearsal 9 – March 14
MYSO Dress Rehearsal – March 21, Hill Auditorium
MYSB / MYSO Winter Concert – March 22, 7:00PM, Hill Auditorium

Audition Times & Dates

Winds, Brass, Percussion
April 25, 2020 – 10:00AM-6:00PM
April 26, 2020 – 12:00PM-7:00PM

Strings
April 25, 2020 – 10:00AM-6:00PM
April 26 , 2020 – 12:00PM-7:00PM

Applicants will be notified of their audition time by April 10, 2020.

Brass, Strings and Woodwinds

  • Students should prepare one classical solo that demonstrates their best level of technical and expressive ability. A second piece or additional movement should be prepared only if the first selection does not demonstrate contrasting styles. The student should only expect to play up to 3 minutes of the selected piece(s). A chromatic scale may also be asked. All students will audition without the use of a piano accompaniment.

Percussionists

  • Students should prepare a solo piece or etude that shows proficiency for snare drum, timpani, and a mallet instrument (xylophone or 4.3 octave marimba) for a total of three prepared selections for their audition. Sticks/mallets are not provided. You must bring your own.

Sight reading will be required of all applicants.

Interested students must complete the following three-step process in order to be considered for Michigan Youth Ensembles (MYE):

MYE Application Process

  1. Fill out the MYE online application form
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee
  3. Audition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance on the University of Michigan Campus

Application Deadline – April 3, 2020
Admission Notification – June 1, 2020

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

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