Wisconsin Young Artist Honors Orchestra
The Wisconsin Young Artist Honors Orchestra is an annual statewide musical event developed to invigorate young string players. Since 2013, the event has grown to include multiple university performance locations, several skill-level orchestras and the collaboration of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (WiASTA). Via WiASTA membership, each nominating teacher who is a WiASTA member in good standing, will receive an end-of-the-year WiASTA Honorarium to award to a deserving string student(s) in their program. The guidelines for awarding this $50 Honorarium are to be determined by each teacher to fit their unique school/studio situation.
All elementary and middle level string teachers may nominate up to 10 pupils. Families who receive an application from their teacher are considered nominated and may enroll their child directly as per instructions found in the nomination information. Nominations are based on the student’s enthusiasm for playing and the desire, on the teacher’s part, to recognize an individual’s hard work and dedication to developing her/his musical understanding and string playing skill.
Following are the guidelines for the technical level for each orchestra. Be sure to have the registration form reflect the orchestra for each student nominated.
- The Allegro Orchestra – First year to lower second year players who are able to read music, draw a full detache, slurred, staccato bow strokes. They should have a solid understanding in the key of D and the beginning understanding of the Key of G.
- The Vivace Orchestra – Second year to lower third year players who are able to read music, draw full detache, slurred, accented and legato bows strokes and sustain musical focus for a longer musical work. They should have a solid understanding in the keys of D, G, with the beginning understanding of the key of C and F.
- The Presto Orchestra - Second year to third year players who are fully capable of reading music, playing in varied tempos, creating draw full detache, slurred, accented, hooked and legato bows strokes and stay musically focused to sustain a multiple movement work. They should have complete understanding in the keys of D, G, C and a developing understanding in the keys of A and F.
Students completing grades 3-6 and/or first, second or beginning third year of playing the violin, viola, cello, or string bass are eligible to be nominated by their orchestra teacher or private lesson teacher. If there is an orchestra program at the student’s school, she/he must be a member of that program in order to qualify for the Wisconsin Young Artist Honors Orchestra.
Every attempt will be made to send practice sheet music in a PDF format and an mp3 recording of each concert selection, via email to both the registered family and the school orchestra teachers. BUT, should that not be available for all music, sight-reading of music will be an important component of music making for the day. Sight-reading skills will be addressed as part of each session during the day.
Contact Susan Chandler at email@example.com for registration information.