Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1970, The DSYO is the premier youth orchestra in the CYE. Through advanced orchestral repertoire, students are challenged to perform at professional levels, to strive for advanced musicianship and to continue to enhance their superior technical and musical ensemble playing. Open to advanced strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion musicians of high school through college undergraduate ages.
Founded in 2004, the Philharmonic Orchestra builds upon the great tradition of musical training provided by the Civic Youth Ensembles. Philharmonic offers advanced musicians the opportunity to experience challenging repertoire while continuing to develop their musicianship and is open to advanced strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion musicians of high school ages. Repertoire includes standard full symphonic literature works, in addition to several world premieres commissioned especially for the orchestra.
Founded in 2011, Concert Orchestra provides training for intermediate-level middle and high school students. Students in Concert Orchestra will receive deeper instruction and preparation for moving forward in their musical endeavors. Concert Orchestra is designed to meet the growing need of orchestral training beyond their school programs, taking students from the entry level ensemble and challenging them, preparing them for high-level performances on Orchestra Hall Stage.
Detroit Symphony Youth Wind Ensembles
The DSYWE provides opportunities to study and perform works from the wind repertoire of the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. DSYWE students study instrumental works in a broad range of styles, as well as world premieres including pieces for full wind ensemble and chamber music. Open to advanced level wind, brass and percussion musicians, this ensemble provides students with opportunity to perform intensive and demanding repertoire.
Open to intermediate and advanced level wind, brass and percussion players in middle through high school, the Symphonic Band provides students the opportunity to develop musicianship, refine performance skills and develop responsible rehearsal habits through the study of core wind band literature.
The CYE Flute Ensemble provides emerging flute players the opportunity to focus on rudimentary ensemble techniques in a methodical way that allows for advancement for those that have limited experience playing in an orchestral setting, while providing a performance outlet for beginner and early intermediate students.
Sinfonia String Orchestra
Created in 1999, the Sinfonia String Orchestra provides emerging musicians high-quality musical training. Open to Intermediate string musicians in middle and high school, this ensemble provides students with opportunity to perform challenging repertoire designed to enhance their music education.
Arco & Pizzicato String Ensembles
Arco and Pizzicato offer an excellent launching pad into the world of orchestral performance. These ensembles focus on the presentation of rudimentary ensemble techniques in a methodical way that allows for advancement for those that have limited experience playing in an orchestral setting, while providing a performance outlet for beginners.
Civic Jazz Orchestra
Civic Jazz Orchestra provides students advanced experience in performing music of varying styles from the standard modern jazz repertoire. Open to advanced piano, guitar, bass, brass, woodwinds, and percussion musicians of senior high school ages.
Concert Jazz Band
Concert Jazz Band emphasizes jazz ensemble skills including section playing, improvisation, and theory while performing big band standards and jazz classics. Jazz Concert Band is designed for intermediate-level jazz students in piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and percussion.
Creative Jazz Ensemble
Creative Jazz Ensemble opens the doors of the jazz world to all intermediate to advanced students including those outside the traditional jazz instrumentation such as strings, oboe, bassoon, flute, clarinet, horn, euphonium, and tuba. Students in the Creative Jazz Ensemble have the unique opportunity to enhance their understanding of jazz theory and improvisation in a non-traditional setting. These students receive a truly unique musical experience, performing exciting and innovative customized arrangements of jazz classics and new favorites.
Many answers to questions can be found in the CYE Handbook. For questions not found in the CYE Handbook or website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
A: Any student eligible for reduced or free lunch at a public school is eligible for financial aid. Documentation from the student’s school should be attached to the financial aid application. If the student does not attend a public school, you are still welcome to apply by attaching a tax document that shows their household’s adjusted gross income (AGI) to the financial aid application. Financial aid applications are made available to all students once they are given a placement in an ensemble.
Q: How does the audition process work?
A: Please refer to our audition requirements tab above to review the guidelines for our various ensembles. Auditions take place live at both Orchestra Hall and at select locations in metro Detroit during the spring and summer and are “blind” to ensure fairness. Auditions are audio recorded and then reviewed by DSO musicians and CYE faculty and staff.
Q: Is it possible my student can move up to a more advanced group after they receive their placement for the year?
A: Decisions regarding ensemble placements are final. However, if a spot in one of groups is vacated mid-season, it is possible that the CYE staff may ask a student from other groups to cover a part in another ensemble.
Q: When are the concerts?
A: A copy of the 2016-2017 CYE performances will be accessible online soon! For now, please browse our full calendar.
Q: When and where are rehearsals held?
A: Rehearsals are held in the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Center located at 3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48230. Venue changes will be communicated via email prior to rehearsal. Rehearsal times for each ensemble will be posted online soon.
Q: How do I report an absence?
To report an absence, late arrival or early departure you must submit an attendance notification form. Students must report an absence at least two weeks in advance. For emergency absences please fill out a request form (at your earliest convenience), in addition to emailing email@example.com. Please provide as much notice as possible.
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Q: Can I place an advertisement in a CYE program?
Yes! Advertising in our CYE program books is available for organizations and businesses to promote events or offerings by filling out the CYE Program Ad Order Form. Please note that student pages for parents to purchase for graduating high school seniors is only available on select program dates.