CMS Orchestra Program

A sequential orchestra program

Community Music School orchestras are structured to enhance students鈥 skills beyond individual performance and to support the education process in school music programs. CMS orchestras meet during the academic year at the CMS Center on the main campus at 四虎影视.

Things to know about the Orchestra Program at CMS

  • Students in CMS orchestras are instructed by top conductors, receive sectional coaching from experienced professional musicians, perform challenging and diverse musical literature, and socialize with peers from across the St. Louis Metro region.
  • Membership in the CMS orchestra and ensembles program is by audition for both new and returning students.>
  • Applicants must participate in their school band/orchestra program on the same instrument on which they audition for CMS programs. This policy is waived only when no orchestra or band program exists.
  • Need-based tuition assistance, scholarships and discounts (including an orchestra discount for students taking lessons at CMS) are available.
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String Ensemble (SE)

brown-haired girl playing violin

Conducted by Graham Woodland

  • Beginning String Ensemble for violin, viola and cello students.
  • Emphasizes reading and ensemble skills.

Average age of student is 7-10 years.

2024-2025 Tuition: $480

Auditions: Aug. 24-25, 2024

Weekly rehearsals Wednesdays 4:30鈥5:30 p.m.
2024-2025 Start Date: Sept. 18, 2024

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String Orchestra (SO)

two young boys seated and holding violins and grinning

Conducted by Nancy Daby

  • Intermediate String Orchestra for violin, viola, cello and double bass.
  • Builds on and refines skills learned in String Ensemble; emphasizes ensemble playing and literature.
  • Strong preparation for the Young People's Concert Orchestra.

Average age of student is 10-12 years.

2024-2025 Tuition: $480

Auditions: Aug. 24-25, 2024

Weekly rehearsals Wednesdays 4:15鈥5:30 p.m.
2024-2025 Start Date: Sept. 18, 2024

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Young People's Concert Orchestra (YPCO)

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Conducted by Sarah Klevorn

  • Full Orchestra for violin, viola, cello, double bass, piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Percussion provided by YPOP.
  • Emphasizes development of ensemble skills, intonation, rhythm, and sight-reading.
  • Performs original and arranged orchestral literature.

Average student musician is in middle or high school.

2024-2025 Tuition: $600

Woodwind & Brass Auditions: August 11, 2024
String Auditions: Aug. 17-18, 2024

Weekly rehearsals Thursdays 4:15鈥6:15 p.m.
2024-2025 Start Date: Sept. 26, 2024

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Young People's Symphonic Orchestra (YPSO)

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Conducted by Patrick Jackson

  • Advanced Orchestra for violin, viola, cello, double bass, piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Percussion provided by YPOP.
  • Builds on and refines skills learned in YPCO.
  • Performs orchestral literature in its original form.
  • All members are eligible and invited to audition for the YPSO Concerto Competition.

Average student musician is in middle or high school.

2024-2025 Tuition: $640

Woodwind and Brass Auditions: Aug. 11, 2024
String Auditions: Aug. 17-18, 2024

Weekly rehearsals Mondays 4:15鈥6:15 p.m.
2024-2025 Start Date: Sept. 16, 2024

**YPSO was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2025.  All accepted 24-25 YPSO students will be required to make the commitment to participate in this trip.  The date has changed, and the trip will now be April 16-19, with a performance on April 18th.  An additional financial obligation estimated between $2,200-2,600 per student is required.  Participating in fundraising activities is also required.**

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Young People's Orchestra Percussion (YPOP)

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Directed by Michael Faris

  • Percussionists for the YPCO and YPSO ensembles.
  • Emphasizes fluency, proficiency and technique on orchestral percussion.
  • One-on-one/small-group coaching, then large ensemble rehearsals with YPCO and YPSO as assigned.

Average student musician is in middle or high school.

2024-2025 Tuition: $504

Auditions: UPDATED - Aug. 25, 2024

Weekly rehearsals same as YPCO or YPSO based on group assignment
2024-2025 Start Date: Oct. 28, 2024

**YPSO was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2025.  All accepted 24-25 YPSO students will be required to make the commitment to participate in this trip.  The date has changed, and the trip will now be April 16-19, with a performance on April 18th.  An additional financial obligation estimated between $2,200-2,600 per student is required.  Participating in fundraising activities is also required.**