The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestras Director Troy Webdell today announced auditions for its 2019 - 2020 Season which will include a New York City tour and a performance at Carnegie Hall.

This will be the first time the Youth Symphony Orchestra will be performing at the world-famous venue. The performance is scheduled to take place on April 6, 2020.

“We are honored and excited to have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. I am extremely proud of our Youth Symphony Orchestra for accomplishing this musical milestone,” said Webdell.

A core focus of the revitalized Youth Orchestras program is to provide student musicians with an authentic, professional orchestra experience as well as exceptional artistic training that impart a strong sense of discipline, accomplishment, confidence, and self-esteem.

“To experience performing where the world’s greatest musicians have appeared throughout history is an amazing opportunity for our Youth Orchestra musicians,” said Webdell.

Student musicians are also exposed to a wide range of orchestral repertoire through several local performance opportunities throughout the season.

“Ours is one of the most active youth orchestra programs in the Midwest. Rehearsals for each new performance are as productive and efficient as possible, much like any professional orchestra,” said Webdell.

The 2019 – 2020 schedule includes a Fall and Spring concert at the Auer Performance Hall on the PFW campus, a special side-by-side performance with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, two Grand Wayne Center performances during the very popular “Night of Lights” and Arts United FAME Festival, as well as other Fort Wayne Philharmonic educational and philanthropic events.

Participants of the Youth Orchestras program receive unique, professional opportunities that include:

  • Coaching with Philharmonic musicians
  • Side-by-side performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic
  • 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 camp study
  • Instrument loan opportunities

Youth Orchestras auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 30, Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2 at Ginsberg Hall in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic administrative office complex, located at 4901 Fuller Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Later audition dates may be announced at a later date.

For more information about auditions, contact Troy Webdell, Director of Youth Orchestras at


The Youth Symphony Orchestra is an advanced ensemble that provides an in-depth study of orchestral repertoire. This performance ensemble is geared toward high school students and advanced middle school students. Additional opportunities include an annual concerto competition with winners who perform with the Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Youth Symphony Orchestra rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.


The Junior Strings is an ensemble comprised of intermediate-level student musicians wishing to gain large-ensemble experience. The Junior Strings Ensemble rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras Program is designed to support existing school music programs and is open to all student musicians in the greater Fort Wayne area and Northeast Indiana region who have not yet graduated high school. Students are encouraged to enroll as members of their school orchestra or band programs.