Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras
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Auditions for New Members take place (in person at East Winthrop Baptist Church) in September 2021
Download the information sheet for details (though note the location is not UMA)
To sign up for an audition, you will need to fill out the form
Important Note as of Sept 9, 2021: Due to the high COVID rates and new restrictions, we will not be able to rehearse at UMA this fall. We are grateful to East Winthrop Baptist Church for letting us rehearse there.
Current Members: Please go to the Schedule page for more information.
Check out this video about our orchestra and its impact on students in central Maine.
KVYSO Spring 2021 Concerts
KVYS, conducted by Jinwook Park performs Bach's Badinerie, with Kai Gillespie, flute solo, Autumn and Winter from The Four Seasons with Sophia Scheck and Joshua Rosenthal, soloists, and John Ireland's Downland Suite.
Recorded May 2021
KVYSO Fall 2020 Concerts
Youth Symphony (advanced orchestra)
Pavanne (Gabriel Faure) recorded October 2020
Pieces by Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Janacek recorded November 2020
Youth Orchestra (intermediate orchestra)
Recorded November 2020
Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony
Jinwook Park, Conductor
November 2020 Concert Program
Holberg Suite Edvard Grieg
Serenade for Strings Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Suite for Strings Leos Janacek
Last Spring Edvard Grieg
Kennebec Valley Youth Orchestra
Daniel Keller, Conductor
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Making beautiful music while staying safe
KVYO (left) and KVYSO (below) rehearse with safety in mind! Each student has their own stand, and all are wearing masks and fans in the windows provide ventilation.
KVYS is rehearsing for a concert that includes virtual wind players. Musicians are recording the views from their stands for Faure's Pavanne.
We are grateful for Grant Support from the Elsie and William Viles Foundation and from the Maine Arts Commission and to Concert Sponsors McKee Law and U Maine Augusta!
Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony Orchestras offer an outstanding enrichment opportunity for middle and high school musicians. With our convenient University of Maine at Augusta location, the rehearsals are accessible to students from Readfield to Brunswick to Lewiston/Auburn, the Mid-Coast & beyond!
The Kennebec Valley Youth Symphony is modeled on professional orchestras, playing a wide variety of original orchestral compositions, including full concertos in both the fall and spring programs. KVYS is conducted by the energetic & inspiring Jinwook Park, who performs, directs, and teaches in Boston and at Colby College. Did you miss our December 2018 concert? Here's part of Beethoven's No. 1, which was our featured full-length work.
The Kennebec Valley Youth Orchestra is an equally exciting option for developing musicians conducted by Daniel Keller. KVYO plays some original compositions and some arrangements; they typically join KVYS for one piece each program. Curious about the KVYO performance in the December concert? Here's "The Jester," from Eric Ewazen's Four Royal Dances that were our centerpiece for the concert.
KVYSO is very aware of how busy young Maine musicians can be! We schedule rehearsals in the evening to accommodate after-school commitments, and take a break during the majority of the Mid-Maine Youth Orchestra season so that musicians can play in both ensembles. We meet in a central location that minimizes travel time for area youth and families.
It is very important that KVYSO musicians continue their connections with their school ensembles, as KVYSO is meant to be supplemental. We also highly recommend that students receive private instruction, and can help connect students with local music teachers.
Rolling auditions are available throughout the year; to schedule, contact our Education Director, Betsy Kobayashi. We also hold auditions in February, May, and September. Download an audition and registration form and return via email to Betsy Kobayashi.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Special thanks to our 2018 Fall Concert Sponsors:
Special thanks tor our 2019 Spring Concert sponsors: