Summer Conservatory

July 15-26, 2024
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Registration deadline: May 31, 2024

Location: Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave, Los Altos

Student Internship Opportunity

GSYO invites current members of the Symphony and Camilla Kolchinsky Orchestras to apply for mentor positions. Mentors will receive chamber music coaching and a performance opportunity.

[My child] really enjoys participating in such a collaborative orchestra and is very passionate about the music camp, where she can explore different genres of music. Through attending this summer program and receiving feedback from the conductor, Ms. Webster, her technique and musical understanding has improved immensely.

Kathy Liu

Parent

Recommended for musicians ages 6-14.

Golden State Youth Orchestra invites members and non-members to participate in the GSYO Summer Music Conservatory Program. All workshops require an entry audition.

Beginning Strings: Young players will play some arrangements of well-known classical pieces (for example: a Bach Prelude and Fugue, Ode to Joy, Mozart's String Quartet), as well as some original and exciting works for string orchestra. Recommended for incoming Chamber Players musicians and string players with 1-2 years of lessons; Camerata-level violinists who are switching to viola are also encouraged to participate. Students will perform in an evening concert at the end of the second week.

Intermediate Chamber Orchestra: Musicians will learn some really nice arrangements of well-known classical pieces (for example: Brandenburg Concerto, a Mozart Symphony, "Jupiter" from The Planets), as well as some original and exciting works for string orchestra. Additionally, players will join with the Chamber Winds to perform a full orchestra piece at the evening concert at the end of the second week. Recommended for incoming Camerata Orchestra musicians, and Galbraith Honor Strings-level players and string musicians with 2-3 years of private lessons.

Chamber Winds: Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn learn chamber music repertoire appropriate for their level and instrumentation. They will combine with the intermediate chamber orchestra for a full orchestra piece at the evening concert at the end of the second week. Recommended for very experienced Chamber Players, Camerata, and El Camino Wind Orchestra-level musicians and wind players with approximately three years of private instruction with previous ensemble experience.

Workshops

Beginning StringS
  • July 15-26, 2024
  • 9:00 am - Noon; Monday - Friday
  • Performance and student social on the evening of 7/26.
  • $607.50 Early Bird fee (until 2/29)
  • Musicians are required to participate in both weeks

For string players, an introduction to orchestra performance. 

Intermediate Chamber Orchestra
  • July 15-26, 2024
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm; Monday - Friday
  • Performance and student social on the evening of 7/26
  • $607.50 Early Bird fee (until 2/29)
  • Musicians are required to participate in both weeks

For intermediate strings.

Chamber Winds
  • July 15-26, 2024
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm; Monday - Friday
  • Performance and student social the evening of 7/26
  • $607.50 Early Bird fee (until 2/29)
  • Musicians are required to participate in both weeks

For intermediate flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and French horn players.

Fee Policies

  • Program cost: $675; Early Bird fee 10% discount until 2/29
  • Full fee is due with the application.
  • Fees are partially (75%) refundable until June 15, 2024. No refunds will be given after 6/15.

Covid-19 Information

  • Full vaccination required for all participants. Booster encouraged for all eligible musicians.
  • Masks are recommended, but not required. This policy is subject to change.

Audition Requirements

Below are the audition requirements for non-GSYO members.

Current GSYO members, please prepare your promotion audition as outlined in the email instructions.

Beginning Strings
  • Covid-19 vaccination required
  • Minimum 1 year of lessons
  • Musicians must be reading notes
  • Prepared solo or étude
  • Viola/Cello: one or two-octave D major scale; optional: D major arpeggio
  • Violin: one or two-octave A major scale; optional A major arpeggio
  • Double bass: one or two-octave scale of your choice; optional one arpeggio (musician's choice)
  • Required Excerpt: Haydn's Toy Symphony, Mvt. III, no repeat (play only one time)
  • Sight-reading
Intermediate Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Winds
  • Covid-19 vaccination required
  • Previous ensemble experience preferred
  • 2-3 years of lessons
  • Chromatic scale from your lowest to highest note, ascending and descending
  • Major scales through four sharps and four flats, at least two octaves if possible, ascending and descending. Memorization encouraged
  • Prepared solo or étude that best demonstrates your current playing level
  • Optional excerpt: Spanish Dance No. 3 (skip rests longer than two measures)
  • Sight-reading

 

Not sure which class is the appropriate level?

Call the office for more information at (650) 665-9046. To ensure proper placement, an audition is required.

Non-members please register for the workshop and submit an audition application.

Auditions will be heard in the Spring.

Student Internship Opportunity

GSYO invites current Symphony and Camilla Kolchinsky Orchestra musicians to apply for mentor positions. Mentors will receive chamber music coaching and a performance opportunity.

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