Any references to ability level and age are general guidelines only and not guaranteed. Orchestra assignments are made by our faculty and staff based on a variety of factors.


Meets Saturdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Beginners, K – 5th grade: Focus is on basic technique and fluency +fun; accomplished through movement, singing, and playing the instruments.  Parents are expected to participate with or without an instrument.

Instructors: Krystle Ford, Sarah Binford, Aren Bucci, James Highbaugh


Meets Saturdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

1 full year of MYO experience, 3rd – 5th grade: Focus is on refining basic technique and learning note reading. Parents are expected to be present at orchestra rehearsal (hopefully as a player!).

Instructor: James Highbaugh, Alanna Mossell


Meets Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

3+ years of MYO experience, 4th grade and up: Focus is on extending note-reading to new keys, and ensemble technique. Parents are expected to be present at orchestra rehearsal (hopefully as a player!).

Instructors: Aren Bucci


Meets Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

4+ years of MYO experience, upper elementary and middle school age: Focus is honing ensemble technique and etiquette and intermediate bowings.  Students are introduced to seating auditions and learn about the roles of a principal player as well as each section in the orchestra.

Conductor: Krystle Ford


Meets Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Audition for placement, middle school age (grades 6 – 9)

Conductors: Ray Biederman, Shannon Crow

Section Coaches: Sarah Binford, Greg Dugan, Jennifer Greenlee


Meets Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Audition for placement, high school age (grades 8 – 12)

Conductors: Krystle Ford

Section Coaches: Kati Harrison, Martin Meyer, Mary Anne Dell'Aquila, Sarah Grant, Greg Dugan



Some of our students seek additional rehearsal and performance opportunities – for those students we have a chamber ensemble, which rehearses once per week and performs at community events on behalf of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. An extra level of professionalism and responsibility is expected to be prepared for these events. This orchestra is open to Orchestra A and B students.

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