QC Symphony Youth String Ensemble to undergo transformation | Local News

The Quad-City Symphony Orchestra has announced that the Youth String Ensemble will be transformed into a Concert Orchestra for the 2022-2023 season.

For the new season, there will be more opportunities for woodwind, brass, and percussion players as well as improvements for string player experiences.

The new ensemble will primarily be aimed at string players with at least three years of playing experience and wind and percussionists with at least one year of playing experience. The orchestra will perform arrangements of major orchestral masterpieces while developing comprehensive ensemble skills and individual playing techniques.

Rehearsals will generally take place from 5:15-7 p.m. on Sundays and will be led by conductor Michele Ottesen and wind specialist Anthony Hernandez. There are usually three performances per season as well as the opportunity to perform with other dedicated music students.

The new wind specialist will work with the concert band and the wind and percussion students of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra each week during rehearsals, which will provide more specialized instruction to the string and wind/percussion members.

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Anyone interested in learning more about the orchestra or audition requirements, visit the audition page at qcso.org.

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