B Sharp Youth Orchestra – Information & Audition Material

Rehearsals – 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 string, wind, and percussion musicians for music instruction and performances.  The BSYO is led by members of the B Sharp Team including our Conductors and Teaching Artists.  Bios for our instructors are available for your review on our website.

BSYO FAQ’S

How often/where will we rehearse during the school year?
We rehearse twice a week (Tuesday & Thursday) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Monnig MS each day FWISD has school.

Is transportation available?
Yes, FWISD will provide free transportation to and from a designated campus in each area of the district.  Free transportation comes with a commitment to the orchestra.  Students using the FWISD school bus are expected to attend regularly in addition to communicating in advance with Jennifer Hay regarding transportation needs/adjustments.

Will it cost anything to participate?
Students are expected to bring his or her own instrument.  Membership in the BSYO is free.

What are the attendance expectations?
BSYO musicians must participate in all BSYO rehearsals with absences limited to only 4 EXCUSED absences per semester.  An EXCUSED absence is earned by contacting Jennifer Hay by phone/text/email prior to the date of the necessary absence.  BSYO musicians who have multiple unexcused absences or miss more than 4 rehearsals with excused absences may lose their opportunity to participate.  BSYO follows the FWISD School Calendar.  We have rehearsal each Tuesday and Thursday the district has school unless you are otherwise notified.  Concerts will be held at the end of the fall and spring semesters.  Date will be discussed at rehearsal to avoid conflicts with FWISD campus band/orchestra concerts.

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.  (If your FWISD campus does not have a band or orchestra, please contact Jennifer Hay.)  Those participating in BSYO show acknowledgement of the expectations regarding attendance, transportation, and communication through his/her actions.  Any student not fulfilling membership requirements could lose his/her position in the orchestra.

The BSYO consists of three orchestras:  Concert Orchestra (new musicians with at least one semester of experience – Elem/MS level), Philharmonic Orchestra (intermediate musicians – Elem/MS/HS level) & Symphony Orchestra (advanced musicians – MS/HS level).  Additionally, the BSYO has an audition-based advanced Chamber Strings group open to those who earn a position in the Symphony Orchestra.  The audition material is split into three “tiers”.  Students hoping to earn a position in the Concert Orchestra need to prepare only the Tier 1 audition material.  Students hoping to earn a position in the Philharmonic Orchestra need to prepare the Tier 1 and 2 audition material.  Students hoping to earn a position in the Symphony Orchestra need to prepare the Tier 1, 2, and 3 audition material.  Students will have an opportunity to state his/her interest in the Chamber Strings ensemble during the audition.

Open Auditions will be held on the following dates for all interested current (and graduated) FWISD band and orchestra students:  August 21st, 23rd, 28th, and 30th at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year at Monnig MS from 6:00-8:00pm.  Band members who have marching band conflicts should contact Jennifer directly to schedule an alternate audition time.

Please contact Jennifer Hay to receive an emailed copy of the 2018-2019 BSYO Audition Material.

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!

Jennifer Hay
Executive Director
817.939.3914
jennifer@bsharpkids.org

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