Junior String Orchestra

Grades 6-8

Junior String Orchestra

The Junior String Orchestra (JSO) is comprised of 30-50 dedicated middle-school violin, viola, cello, and bass students across the Albuquerque area. The Junior String Orchestra learns and performs music written or arranged for string orchestra, while focusing on excellent playing technique, sight reading skills, and group ensemble skills.

AYSP Junior Ensemble Video

WEEKLY REHEARSALS: Saturdays 8:45am-10:45am (second semester only) at the AYSP Facility.

CONCERTS: The Junior String Orchestra gives three performances each season – an informal concert at a public school in early December (a “School Tour”), a formal concert in December at an APS Performing Arts Center, and a formal concert in April or early May at Popejoy Hall. These three performances, along with associated dress rehearsals, are mandatory for all members of the Junior String Orchestra.

SCHOOL TOURS: The Junior String Orchestra performs annually in early December at a public school in the Albuquerque area as part of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s School Tours. The host school offers one or more assemblies in the morning (usually between 7am-12pm) for their students, during which the Junior String Orchestra performs several pieces and students at the host school learn about classical string music. Junior String Orchestra students enrolled in APS schools are excused from classes on the morning of their School Tour. Parents bring their students to the host school and pick them up.

Erica Photiades

JSO Conductor & ESP Level 1 Instructor



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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190