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Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra

updated 8/12/21
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.

UPDATE 8/12/21 – After consultation with university officials and public health experts, Michigan Youth Ensembles will make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all students, faculty and staff associated with these ensembles, read the MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy for details. This language can also be found in the MYE 2021-2022 Member Resources.

Music Director: Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras and Professor of Conducting
Conductor: Adrian Slywotzky, Lecturer of Conducting
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)

*Final MYSO Schedule subject to change
Fall Term (2021)
September 12
MYSO Rehearsal 1

September 19
MYSO Rehearsal 2

September 26
MYSO Rehearsal 3

October 3
MYSO Rehearsal 4

October 10
MYSO Rehearsal 5

October 17
MYSO Rehearsal 6

October 24
MYSO Rehearsal 7

October 31
MYSO Rehearsal 8

November 7
MYSO Rehearsal 9

November 14
MYSO Rehearsal 10

November 21
MYSO Fall Dress Rehearsal

November 22
MYSO Fall 2021 Performance

Winter Term (2022)
January 9
MYSO Rehearsal 1

January 16
MYSO Rehearsal 2

January 23
MYSO Rehearsal 3

January 30
MYSO Rehearsal 4

February 6
MYSO Rehearsal 5

February 13
MYSO Rehearsal 6

February 20
MYSO Rehearsal 7

March 6
MYSO Rehearsal 8

March 13
MYSO Winter Dress Rehearsal

March 14
MYSO Winter 2022 Performance

All selections must be uploaded as one continuous video. Videos should be no more than 10 minutes in length. An audition is not considered complete unless it stays within the allotted time AND contains all stated repertoire / exercise requirements.

Strings

  • 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 you can download on August 9, 2021 at 12:00PM EST via the CampDoc application.

A piano accompanist is not required.

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 on August 9, 2021 at 12:00PM EST via the CampDoc application.
  • A piano accompanist is not required.

Percussion

  • Submit a recording of you performing an etude on a practice pad OR snare drum.
  • (Optional) Submit a supplemental recording demonstrating your proficiency with mallet instruments (i.e. timpani, marimba, xylophone, etc.)

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Applications for the 2021-2022 MYSO season are now closed

Final Application Deadline: August 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
Final Admission Notification: August 20, 2021

Final admission notifications will be emailed on August 20, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

2021-2022 Tuition
MYSO Participant $455.00
Non-refundable application fee $50

A discounted tuition rate of $300.00 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 12, 2021). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy.

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

MYE 2021-2022 Student Handbook

2021-22 MYE Season 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.