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YOUTH ORCHESTRA PROGRAMS
 

The Hernando Youth Orchestra Inc. is a non-profit Florida Corporation, formed in the summer of 2007. The Orchestra provides a place for young people ages 5-21 to hone their musical skills, gain proficiency in their instrument of choice, and give back to the community through public concert performances. 

Membership is open to anyone under the age of 21, although we do require some level of proficiency on their chosen instrument. The Orchestra does not require an audition to participate in the main orchestra. String players desiring more advanced work have the opportunity to play in a string quartet which does require an audition.

We have a small selection of instruments we loan to children who cannot afford to buy their own instrument.  We also offer low cost lessons for children needing to build their skills before entering the Orchestra.

PROGRAM
DESCRIPTION
STATUS
Main orchestra
This orchestra consists of 4 sections: brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion and a piano that also substitues for a harp.
Established
String quartets
Each quartet consists of 2 violins, a viola and a cello.  Members participate in the main orchestra.  Several of these together with basses could form a string orchestra.
Established
Brass ensemble
This consists of 3 or more brass players who also participate in the main orchestra.
Pending
Woodwind ensemble
This consists of 3 or more woodwind players who also participate in the main orchestra.
Pending
Percussion ensemble
This consists of 3 or more percussionists who also participate in the main orchestra.
Pending
Djembe band
Students here play Afro-Cuban/African music on a variety of world (ethnic) instruments, and occasionally perform with the main orchestra.
Pending