The mission of the Redlands Youth Orchestras (RYO) is to challenge the young instrumentalists of our region through string or full orchestra repertoire. By participating in one of our two orchestras, students have the opportunity to meet other students, play quality music literature, and strengthen overall musicianship skills.
Membership in any of the RYO ensembles is determined by an entrance audition. To be eligible to audition, the students must be a part of their school orchestra or band (if one is available). Schools that do not have music programs or home-schooled students are eligible to audition.
SCSBOA and SBCMEA Honor Orchestra Students:
String players who have participated in the SCSBOA or SBCMEA Honor Orchestras of the previous school year are guaranteed acceptance into one of the RYO Orchestras depending on their audition.
RYO Video Audition Requirements
All RYO auditions are done through video. View this document to read the guidelines and requirements for your audition video.
Redlands Youth Symphony Audition Excerpts
In addition to the scales outlined in the Audition Requirements, please download, print, and learn the excerpt for your instrument. Prepare the sections bracketed in red. Percussionists, please email the director Todd Montemayor at MontemayorRYS@gmail.com regarding placement.
Matthew O'Rane, conductor
Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 6:15 to 7:45pm
Students in Sinfonia will study and perform string orchestra repertoire with a focus on developing skills in musicianship, concert etiquette, and playing technique through ensemble rehearsal and performance. Students are encouraged to practice their parts diligently and seek out assistance from our CSMA tutors or their private teachers to maximize the time during our rehearsals. Sinfonia students will be pushed to develop independence and maturity in performance in preparation for future involvement in Sinfonia and promotion to Redlands Youth Symphony.
Redlands Youth Symphony
Todd Montemayor, conductor
Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm
The Redlands Youth Symphony (RYS) is the advanced level ensemble of the Redlands Youth Orchestras. Students in RYS will study and perform difficult repertoire for full or string orchestra. Clear and focused tone and precise intonation is expected. All string students should be comfortable playing well in several positions with good intonation and technique. Wind and brass students should have a strong command of their instrument's range and understand their unique pitch tendencies in different registers. Through rehearsal and coaching, students will expand their dynamic range and be pushed to produce high quality performances.
Tuition for each ensemble is $85 per semester (September-December and January-April). No registration fee.
Register for an Audition
So that your video audition can be adjudicated, please register here.
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