Most amateur musicians will tell you that playing in their high school orchestra or band was one of the highlights of their youth. Playing in a group dedicated to music creates an atmosphere of warmth, of structure, of challenge, and of creativity. After all, an orchestra is much more than a group of players doing something together. Knowing that each person depends on every other person to do the right thing at the right time, and if they do, something very much larger than any of them fills the room and creates magic, is a wonderful experience.
Many cities only provide a part of this magical experience. There may be, as in Ypsilanti, a successful band or choir at the high school, but often not a fully successful orchestra, if there is an orchestra at all. Much of the world's great music is only available to full orchestras, involving winds and strings and percussion, all working together to make a whole greater than its parts. To provide an opportunity for children in Washtenaw County and neighboring counties to participate in the very rich experience that only a full orchestra can bring, the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra was established in 1999, with Mr. William R. Hayes as conductor. The YYO does not usually audition students, 'the students audition the orchestra." The students decide after perusing the seasonís literature, whether they are ready to join the orchestra or wish to join one of the pre-orchestra classes.
The orchestra starts its 16th year on September 6, 2014, and will be in concert on December 7, 2014. All of the concerts are free and very well received by the audiences. Rehearsals are held every Saturday morning during the academic year, from 8:30 to 11:30 am, and the public is invited without charge to all YYO concerts and rehearsals.
Students are invited to participate free of charge from Ypsilanti Community schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, and other area public schools, as well as home-schooled and private school students who live within driving distance.
For information about the orchestra, call us at, (734)-483-6079, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook at Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Friends of the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, 2080 Whittaker Rd., Pmb 245, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 or via our Donations page.