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Auditions for prep orchestra Wednesday

Open to students in second through fifth grades

POSTED: September 7, 2013 12:04 a.m.
 

Auditions will be held next week for a new orchestra for youngsters who play stringed instruments.

The Forsyth Prep Orchestra will serve as a feeder program for the Forsyth Youth Orchestra, or FYO, which formed in February under the leadership of Corina Brito.

FYO includes students in middle and high school who play stringed instruments, while the new prep orchestra will be open to students in second through fifth grades.

“The repertoire of the Forsyth Youth Orchestra is going to get more and sophisticated and advanced,” Brito said. “So I need to also provide something that is going to be feeding the FYO.”

The prep orchestra will also provide educational opportunities for the younger students.

“They can start getting prepared and getting the same kind of training to perform orchestral music, to develop those same skills as the FYO students such as playing with a partner and reading music,” Brito said.

Auditons for the prep orchestra will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Academy of Creative Education cafeteria, behind the Forsyth County Board of Education at 1120 Dahlonega Hwy.

Auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone interested in auditioning should email Brito for an application at conductor@forsythyouthorchestra.com.

Students should play violin, viola, cello or bass and take private lessons on their instruments.

Brito said there is no limit on how many students will be admitted into the prep orchestra. Rehearsals for the group will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the cafeteria.

Brito said the prep orchestra may eventually become a performance group for public events, but for now will most likely be limited to recitals for students’ parents.

“I want to wait until after the auditions to see what the level is and to be able to work with them for a while,” she said.

Since most local school music programs don’t include stringed instruments, both orchestra groups are needed to help those students develop skills, Brito said.

“When you have a group of people do the same thing you do, it becomes exciting because you have peers who go through the same struggles and also the good things that come with it,” she said.

 

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