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The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras (TCSYO) provides a creative environment where young musicians from the Greater Washington DC area come together to rehearse and perform music lead by professional musicians and conductors. By providing an orchestral experience available to all students, the vision of TCSYO is to become a musical voice that embraces Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland communities. The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras are the premier musical destinations for aspiring student musicians.


Microsoft

Dr. Cheri Collins and the Symphonic Orchestra
Microsoft Inspire Convention,
Verizon Center in D.C., 2017


Symphonic Orchestra

Conducted by Mrs. Anne Rupert
VBODA Level 6+
Rehearsals: Mondays 7:00-9:30pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

TCSYO’s most advanced orchestra is comprised of the very best young musicians in the Washington, DC area. Members of the Symphonic Orchestra show strong musicality and advanced technicality, and are capable of the discipline necessary to perform at the highest level. This ensemble is dedicated to performing the finest works in the full symphonic repertoire. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. Weekly rehearsals during the school year are carried out under professional standards. Members are expected to take private lessons and maintain leadership responsibilities in their school ensembles. The annual Concerto Competition is open to all Symphonic Orchestra members.

Carnegie Hall

Dr. Cheri Collins and the Symphonic Orchestra
Carnegie Hall, 2019

Chamber Orchestra 

Conducted by Mrs. Diana Chou
VBODA Level 5-6
Rehearsals: Mondays 7:00-9:00pm, Katherine Johnson Middle School

Chamber Orchestra offers the opportunity to perform great masterpieces of string repertoire, from the Baroque era to today. Designed for advanced string students with 4 or more years of experience. This string orchestra focuses on cross-listening between sections, blend and balance, expressing various styles of music, and pursuing detailed, mature music making. Musicians are introduced to a variety of bowing techniques and historical styles, while developing more advanced control of rubato, phrasing and expression. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. Chamber Orchestra musicians will focus on preparation for future work with Symphonic Orchestra.

Chamber rehearsal

Dr. Cheri Collins and the Chamber Orchestra
Ernst Community Cultural Center
2022

String Ensemble

Conducted by Mrs. Diana Chou
VBODA Level 3-4
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm, Katherine Johnson Middle School

String Ensemble is open to students who have had at least three years of private instruction on their instrument and play at Grade Level III and above. Musicians in String Ensemble develop a higher level of stylistic refinement and expressive detail, while playing a wide variety of repertoire in a nurturing and fun environment. Designed for students who have had some orchestral experience. All students should have basic note-reading skills, including the ability to identify pitch names and play various rhythms. Students will work in sectionals with professional coaches who are among the finest performers and teachers in the area. String Ensemble musicians will focus on ensemble playing, technical instruction and preparation for Chamber Orchestra.

 

Violin Sectional

Ms. Molly Sgrecci
String Ensemble Violin Sectional, 2022

 

Prelude Orchestra

Conducted by Mr. Austin Isaac
VBODA Level 1-2
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

TCSYO's entry-level string orchestra offers the chance to enjoy making music with other young musicians from throughout area. Prelude Orchestra includes a full complement of string instruments playing independent parts. Designed for students who have had limited orchestral experience and who are working on mastering their reading ability. Students should be comfortable playing in first position the keys of G and D. This ensemble builds solid, fundamental rhythmic and orchestral skills including improved sight-reading abilities.

Prelude Orchestra

Mrs. Diana Chou and the Prelude Orchestra
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 2018

Chamber Music

Director Mr. Kenneth Law
Rehearsals: Monday or Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

TCSYO is thrilled to open registration for its Chamber Music Program for members of String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra. Chamber music is a form of classical music composed for a small group of musicians, each with their own part to play. Chamber groups rehearse on a weekly basis at Katherine Johnson Middle School one hour prior to the scheduled orchestra rehearsals on Monday or Tuesday evenings. The ensemble will rehearse every week and have coachings.

Quartet

Chamber Musicians performing at an outreach event

Percussion Ensemble

Director Mr. Jacob Harpster
Rehearsals: Monday 7:00-9:30pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School

Percussion Ensemble is an advanced training program providing young percussionists a clear path to follow as they develop their ensemble skills under the supervision of Director of Percussion, Mr. Jacob Harpster. In addition to being members of the Symphonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble members will learn unique playing styles and experience a variety of instruments- both traditional and nontraditional. Musicians learn how to communicate with other musicians in a chamber ensemble setting, and have a unique opportunity to perform more difficult music with other advanced percussionists.

Percussion Duet

Percussion Ensemble
Westfield High School, 2022

 

 
 
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