Ensemble Program

The Philharmonic is currently booking performances for the 2017-2018 school year. To reserve a date and time for your school, please submit the online scheduling form.

For elementary schools, click here!

For pre-schools, click here!

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has a long tradition of bringing live concert experience directly to schools throughout Northeast Indiana. Nine Fort Wayne Philharmonic chamber ensembles offer in-school educational programs that include musical performances, instrument demonstration and opportunities for student interaction. Each ensemble program is designed to address the Indiana Department of Education Standards of Learning in Music and may be crafted to support multidisciplinary themes.

Elementary Schools

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic has seven chamber ensembles available to perform in elementary schools. Ensembles represent each of different instrument group of the orchestra, including: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Ensemble performances are typically booked for the entire school, with the musicians playing two, back-to-back, 35-minute performances, assembly-style.


The Fort Wayne Philharmonic also offers two ensembles specifically for pre-school classrooms. Woodwind and string duos are available to perform programs specifically designed for the young learner. These 25-minute performances can be booked for individual classrooms and/or an entire building, depending on the number of students. 

For more information about Philharmonic ensemble programs, please contact Anne Lewellen, Ensemble Coordinator, at alewellen@fwphil.org

Club Orchestra

Club Orchestra is modelled after Venezuela's "El Sistema" movement and was created to develop future generations of arts-aware and musically knowledgeable citizens. Led by the Philharmonic’s principal violist Derek Reeves, Club Orchestra increases self-esteem and teaches life lessons to students through music in an orchestra classroom.

Instrument Loan Program

Every student should have the opportunity to play an instrument of their choosing. Over 100 string, brass, and woodwind instruments are available on a first-come first-served basis for musicians at any ability level.  For more information, contact Shelby McFann at swmcfann@aol.com or 260.637.1506.

Youth Orchestras

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras program provides student musicians with an authentic, professional orchestra experience. A core focus of the program is to provide exceptional artistic training and trans-formative experiences that leave students with a strong sense of discipline, accomplishment, confidence, self-esteem, a network of camaraderie and deep appreciation for music and the arts.

The program is an enhancement to, not a substitute for, existing school music programs. The Philharmonic encourages students to enroll as a member of their school orchestra and/or band program, if one exists and it fits within the student's academic plan.

With a four-concert season, youth orchestra students study and perform a wide range of orchestral repertoire, from classics and pops to chamber music. Student musicians receive unique, professional opportunities such as:

  • Coaching with Philharmonic musicians
  • Side-by-side performances with the Philharmonic
  • Participation in and performances with small chamber ensembles
  • Access to special events, including master classes and guest artist visits
  • Complimentary tickets to select Philharmonic concerts
  • Scholarship opportunities for private lessons and summer music camps, among others

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras program is open to all student musicians in the greater Fort Wayne area who have not yet graduated high school. The Youth Orchestra Program features two ensembles.

Youth Concert Orchestra

Conducted by Marcella Trentacosti, first violinist with the Philharmonic, the Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) is comprised mostly of middle- and high-school, intermediate-level students hoping to gain large-ensemble experience. Additional opportunities may include:

  • Opportunities to perform during the pre-concert activities at Philharmonic Family concerts
  • Appearances on Meet the Music on WBOI
  • The YCO rehearses on Sundays from 4:30-6:30 P.M. at the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Colleen Tan, Interim Director, the Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) is an advanced ensemble that provides an in-depth study of orchestral repertoire. This performance ensemble is geared toward high school students and/or advanced middle school students. Additional opportunities may include:

  • Annual concerto competition with winners who perform with the Youth Symphony
  • The YSO rehearses on Sundays from 2-4 P.M. in the Rhinehart Music Center on the IPFW campus.

2017-2018 Auditions

May 24, 25, 26, 31
June 1, 2
August 9

Time: Afternoon/Evening - generally 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Location: Ginsberg Hall, Rehearsal Room 128

Scheduling an Audition (Application Form)
To secure an audition time, please send in the application form with a $25 non-refundable per family audition fee. Checks are to be made payable to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Your audition date/time will be confirmed via email.

Tuition Rate
Tuition rates for 2016-2017 are $300 per student. All fees are non-refundable.

Teacher Recommendation Form
Please bring the completed teacher recommendation form to your scheduled audition.

Audition FAQ
Please review this form as it may answer any additional questions regarding auditions.

Audition Requirements
Please review the forms detailing audition requirements for YSO/YCO:

Mid-Season Auditions
The Philharmonic auditions students throughout the year. Students who are accepted into the program during the season are integrated into concert cycles and receive pro-rated tuition. While some sections may be full, students are welcome to audition and can be placed on a waiting list, if applicable.

For more information please contact Joseph Kalisman, Youth Orchestra Manager, at jkalisman@fwphil.org or 260.481.0757