2017-2018 Auditions

May 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1, August 15, 2017

Afternoon/Evening - generally 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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. Click here!

Tuition Rate
Tuition rates for 2017-2018 are $300 per student. All fees are non-refundable.

Audition Excerpts
Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) Excerpts - Click here! 
Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) Excerpts -  Click here!

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

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

Audition Requirements
Please review the forms detailing audition requirements for YSO/YCO:
Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) Requirements - Click here!
Youth Concert Orchestra (YCO) Requirements - Click here!

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 Patricia Reeves, Youth Orchestra Manager, at preeves@fwphil.org or 260.481.0757

2017-2018 Season


Youth Symphony Orchestra Music - Click here!
Youth Concert Orchestra Music - Click here!

Youth Symphony Orchestra Schedule - Click here!
Youth Concert Orchestra Schedule - Click here!

Concert Dates
Fall Concert - Oct. 29, 5:30pm - Auer Performance Hall
Night of Lights - Nov. 22, 6:30pm - Grand Wayne Center
Family 2 (YCO side-by-side) - Jan. 21, 2pm - Auer Performance Hall
YCO Chamber Concert - Feb. 25, 4pm - Trinity Episcopal Church
Masterworks 7 (YSO side-by-side) - Mar. 10, 7:30pm - Embassy Theatre
Spring Concert - Mar. 11, 4pm - Auer Performance Hall
FAME - Mar. 18, 3pm - Grand Wayne Center
Foellinger Concert - May 20, 4pm - Foellinger Theatre  

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 transformative 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 an 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.