The Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra comprises four individual groups with the
singular focus of training intermediate and advanced musicians in the discipline and
art of performance.
String Concertino Description
This Orchestra provides entry-level string orchestra training to student ages 6 and up who wish to gain confidence, experience, and ensemble skills with other musicians. Their season includes two performances and weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, basic string repertoire, and music theory. Students in String Concertino will perform two concerts a year.
Symphonic Strings Description
This Orchestra provides string orchestra training to predominantly middle school-aged student musicians who read music and have at least three years of playing experience on their instruments. This orchestra provides an intermediate string orchestral experience featuring exclusive training opportunities with Florida Orchestra musicians in sectionals, weekly rehearsals that focus on technique, ensemble performance skills, and intermediate string repertoire. Students in Symphonic Strings will perform two concerts a year and are encouraged to participate in TMYO community outreach concerts scheduled throughout each season.
This intermediate string orchestra is for musicians ages 6 and up to hone ensemble skills and performance poise. Musicians who wish to audition for this ensemble must have played their instrument for at least three years, and can demonstrate strong sight-reading skills. Click on the links below to download your materials:
Philharmonic Orchestra Description
This is full orchestral experience featuring exclusive training opportunities with Florida Orchestra musicians in sectionals, and weekly rehearsals that emphasize ensemble playing, intonation, complex rhythmic study, and quality tone production.
Musicians who wish to audition for this orchestra must demonstrate mastery of the skills needed to perform the required excerpts and have strong sight-reading skills. Click on the links below to download your materials:
Symphony Orchestra Description
The Symphony Orchestra is an advanced full orchestra. Symphony will perform full-scale works from the repertoire, and provide rigorous, musically rich training of young musicians in preparation for advanced study in the nation’s finest music schools and conservatories.
String Instruments: Prepare your 3 octave major and melodic minor scales up to 5 sharps or 5 flats. 1 to 2 octaves for double bass with no displacement. All scales and arpeggios are to be memorized. Scales and arpeggios must be played in even eighth notes using separate bows. Quarter note = 88-96. You will be asked to play one major and one melodic minor scale with arpeggios.
Scales for Wind Instruments: Prepare chromatic scale slurred full range of the instrument, and your 3 octave major and melodic minor scales with arpeggio up to 5 sharps and 5 flats if range permits, tongued up and slurred down. All scales are to be memorized, and performed in sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=60.You will be asked to play one major scale and one melodic minor scale with arpeggios. Click on the links below to download your materials: