B Sharp Youth Orchestra – Information & Audition Material
Open Auditions for all interested current and former FWISD band and orchestra students
Tuesday & Thursday evenings – Monnig MS – 6:00-8:00pm
3136 Bigham Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
The B Sharp Youth Orchestra (BSYO) was formed in January 2014 to bring together Fort Worth ISD middle and high school string, wind, and percussion musician. BSYO provides a goal for the B Sharp After School students and an opportunity for FWISD’s band and orchestra students to unite in one of our outstanding orchestras.
The BSYO is led by B Sharp Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Alex Young, and B Sharp Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor, Randy Lyle. The B Sharp Teaching Artists attend rehearsals and provide instrument sectionals, as well as one-on-one instruction for the BSYO students.
How often/where will we rehearse during the school year?
There will be two rehearsals each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm at Monnig Middle School.
Is transportation available?
Yes, FWISD will provide free transportation to and from a designated campus in each area of the district. (Please communicate with Jennifer Hay regarding transportation schedules.) Free transportation comes with a commitment to the orchestra. Students using the FWISD school bus are expected to communicate regularly with Jennifer Hay regarding transportation needs.
Will it cost anything to participate?
No fees or cost involved to participate. Membership in the orchestra is free. A small fee may be requested for participation in special trips/events. Students are expected to bring his or her own instrument.
What if I cannot attend a rehearsal due to a conflict with school activities?
Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Your regular participation in the orchestra is important, however, we understand conflicts often arise during the school year. Communication with Jennifer Hay is extremely important.
How do I benefit from participating in the Orchestra?
Free instrument lessons from qualified, professional musicians; Opportunity to develop artistic skills; Performance opportunities; AND MUCH MORE!
What requirements are in place for a member of the BSYO?
Members of the BSYO MUST be a member of his/her FWISD campus band/orchestra.
The BSYO consists of two orchestras: BSYO Philharmonic Orchestra & BSYO Symphony Orchestra. For your audition, please come prepared to perform a piece of music of your choosing (at least 12-16 measures long), and be prepared to play the scales in which you are comfortable playing. You may be asked to sightread a short piece of music.
We are looking forward to a fantastic season with the B Sharp Youth Orchestra! All current/former FWISD band and orchestra students are encouraged to audition! If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!