Affiliate: Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra


Our Orchestras: Established in 1965, the Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) gives student musicians ages 8-21 an opportunity to play music in a full symphony orchestra. Participation is by audition; students pay tuition to support operational expenses. Students from throughout the Yakima Valley rehearse weekly under the direction of Bruce Walker. Musical rigor is high; musicianship expectations also are high with strict attendance requirements and adherence to professional standards of conduct. The YYSO facilitates the Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) under the direction of Christy Baisinger to provide younger string players a similar symphonic opportunity. 

Rehearsals and Performances: YYSO and YES rehearse on Monday evenings. YYSO rehearses from 6:30-8:30pm. YES rehearses from 6:30-7:30pm. Concerts occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings. The annual fundraiser is held on a Saturday evening. For details, please explore last season’s calendar (link below). The 2019-20 calendar will be uploaded in the near future. 

For information about the YYSO and YES! please visit www.yyso.org Note: The YYSO website is currently off-line.
At this time you may contact the youth symphony via the YSO CONTACT US form or via yyso.yes@gmail.com.

Helpful Links:
Link: YYSO-YES 2018-19 Calendar (updated 9/18)
Link: YYSO-YES Registration Form (for students who have auditioned and been admitted)
Link: YYSO-YES Student Handbook 
Link: YYSO Concert Attire Guidelines
Link: YYSO-YES Student Financial Assistance Request Form
Link: YYSO Concerto Competition Form 
Link: YYSO-YES Parent Volunteer Information
Link: Benefits of Youth Symphony
Link: Youth Symphony Brochure 
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Spring 2019 Auditions for the 2019-20 Season. Click here for the 2019-20 Audition posterTo request an audition date/time, send an email to us at yyso.yes@gmail.com. Include this information in your request:

*Name of student
*Name of parent
*Email address of student (high school age and above, if student has an email address)
*Email address of parent
*Telephone number of student (high school age and above, if student has a phone number)
*Telephone number of parent
*Grade in school in the 2019-20 season
*Instrument
*Number of years playing this instrument
*If student is taking private lessons, please list the name of the teacher.

Auditions dates and times are as follows. Sign up soon; spots fill quickly. If you have logistical conflicts, please let us know via email and we will work to find an alternate date and time. 
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Completed. Monday, April 15, 7:00-8:30pm:  YYSO and YES.
Scheduled. Monday, April 22, 5:00-8:30pm: YES only. 
Open. Monday, April 29, 5:00-8:30pm: YYSO and YES. 7 spots remaining
Open. Monday, May 6, 5:00-8:30pm: YYSO and YES. 12 spots remaining
Once spots on April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6 have been filled, we will open up spots on May 13 and May 20.
Closed. Monday, May 13, 7:00-8:30pm: YES only
Closed. Monday, May 20, 5:00-8:30 pm: YYSO and YES
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Yakima Ensemble for Strings (YES!) Auditions (all sessions) – Minimum requirements for participation are:
1) Typically students are through Book 2 of a Strings Book Series.
2) Students can play flats.
3) Cellists know extension positions.
4) The audition will consist of playing scales, a short prepared piece and sight-reading.
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Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra (YYSO) Auditions (all sessions): Requirements for participation are: 
1) Scales: One major and minor for all instruments
    – Strings: 3 octave scale and demonstrate spiccato and legato bow strokes
    – Winds and Brass: 2 to 3 octave scale and demonstrate fast, slow, legato, staccato with fast tonguing
2) Required Excerpt(s) (follow this link to the excerpts:  https://bit.ly/2P0KMKi)
3) Solo of choice that demonstrates technical and lyrical ability (you may choose two different pieces)
4) Possible sight-reading
5) Violinists interested in auditioning for Concertmaster: please see the folder in the link for special concertmaster materials
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2018-19 Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Governing Committee
Chair: Betsy McCann
Vice Chair, Auditions/Rehearsals/Performances: TBD
Vice Chair, Fundraising: TBD
Secretary: Krista Dominguez
Treasurer: Sara Justo
Member: Marianne Ball
Member: Rae Dietrich

Member: Jeff Gu
Member: Jawana Homer
Member: Rosalinda Ibarra (incoming Treasurer)
Member: Amae Merrill*
Member: TBD
Member: TBD
Member: TBD
* denotes YSO Board Affiliate Liaison