Other Youth Symphony FAQ

What is the MSLMYSO Guild and who are the members?

The MSLM Guild is comprised of individuals and businesses that support music and music education in our community. They are the sponsors and donors that make it possible for us to keep our tuition low and keep the music playing. Guild members are listed in our programs and on our website in a place of honor.

When are rehearsals?

You will receive a full schedule upon your acceptance into the orchestra. MSLM rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons and LPMO rehearse on Wednesday evenings.

How does a student qualify to get into the Honors Chamber Orchestra?

Membership in the Honors Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra is by invitation only by the conductor. Members are chosen based on their commitment and proficiency.

How many rehearsals can I miss?

You may miss one rehearsal per trimester. The last three rehearsals before a concert are mandatory. If you are ill, we prefer that you not come to the rehearsal.

Do I need to be taking private lessons on the instrument that I am playing in orchestra?

Yes. If you need a teacher, we will provide you with a list of wonderful instrumental music teachers.

If I am accepted into the orchestra, when will I receive my music?

All musicians will receive their music packet at the first rehearsal during our summer weekend program.

How hard will the music be?

All students who are accepted will be capable of performing all of the music that we perform. The music will be fun and a few pieces a bit challenging. We use the system of music to glow about and music to grow with. You will be surprised how much music and the wide range of styles and levels you will be able to accomplish successfully over the course of a concert season.

What is TLC – Teen Leadership Club – and how do I become a member?

All MSLMSYO members are automatically members of TLC. The orchestra plans social events and act as leaders between the orchestra and the conductor throughout the year. They are also apprised of upcoming opportunities – music, scholarships, resume writing, audition techniques, interviewing skills at specific meetings. Meetings are held on the first YSO rehearsal day of each month immediately after the rehearsal. Meetings are only 30 minutes in length.

Does the orchestra engage in social events outside of music?

Yes, the TLC plans parties and events that range from going to concerts, to pizza parties, beach parties and cosmic bowling. Being a member of MSLMYSO is being part of a team and also knowing that you are surrounded by friendships, many that will last a lifetime.