SAVANNAH — Attention all young string players, woodwinds, brass and percussionists, tune-up your instruments.
The Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music and Theatre (AASU AMT) and the Savannah Friends of Music (SFM) are pleased to announce auditions for the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra (AAYO) program.
Auditions for placement in the AAYO program are scheduled for Aug. 23 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. These auditions, which are held by appointment only, are located in AASU Fine Arts Hall. Students who are interested in performing in the AAYO program should call Lorraine Jones at 236-2560 to schedule an audition time.
The AAYO will meet for rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9 p.m. at AASU beginning in September, and running nearly every weekend through April (with a break for the holidays in December). The Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Lyric Strings Ensembles (LSE I & II), and Debut Strings will meet on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon, also at AASU. Each ensemble will perform one public concert in the fall and another in the spring.
For more information about auditions and membership contact: Lorraine Jones at (912) 236-2560 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Family discounts and scholarships are available. Private lesson scholarships are available as well. Please inquire for details.
What is the AAYO? An educational outreach program serving student musicians ranging from primary grades through college level, the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra program features five performing ensembles, utilizing an artistically graduated system that matches students of various musical abilities with other students of similar levels of accomplishment.
The most advanced group, the AAYO, is a full-scale symphonic orchestra and an ensemble for which AASU music students may participate for course credit.
On the intermediate level, the ACO is also a full symphonic orchestra, and what AASU believes to be the only full orchestra at this level in the state.
The LSE is a beginning level string orchestra (divided into performing groups of different talent levels) that introduces many young musicians to the world of ensemble playing, particularly for those students whose school does not maintain an orchestra.
Who are the Savannah Friends of Music? The Savannah Friends of Music organization is available to offer funding support to Savannah’s young people and to organizations that will keep classical music alive in our community.
For more information about the Savannah Friends of Music, please visit www.savannahfriendsofmusic.com.