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AYSP offers ensembles for students in grades 4-12 for strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Students are placed in the appropriate ensemble through annual auditions in May, which are required for all students except strings in grades 4-5.
AYSP ensembles rehearse weekly from August through April at the AYSP facility with highly trained professional conductors and perform several times annually, including a Finale Concert each season at Popejoy Hall. AYSP also offers a Chamber Music Program for students enrolled in an AYSP ensemble.
Conductor Dan Whisler
Rehearsals: Monday, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Conductor Nick Upton
Rehearsals: Monday, 6:15pm-9:00pm
Conductor David Jennison
Rehearsals: Wednesday, 6:30pm-9:15pm
Conductors Ali Brasher and Hovey Corbin
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:30am-11:30am
Conductors Erica Photiades
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 8:45-11:45am, 2nd semester only
Conductors Alex Austell and Marie Robertson
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Conductor Josephine Gonzales
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:15pm-8:15pm, 2nd semester only
Conductor Gloria Velasco
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm
The Chamber Music Program is open to all students in grades 6-12 enrolled in a regular AYSP ensemble. Students who join are organized into ensembles by instrument, interest, age, and ability. Each ensemble rehearses weekly and receives regular instruction from their coach throughout the season.
The Chamber Music Program is coordinated by Dr. Bea Strong.