LOUDOUN SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA
The cornerstone of Loudoun Symphony’s youth educational program is the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra (LSYO) program, for musicians who are already studying their instruments. All musicians are expected to perform in their school orchestras and bands if offered and strongly encouraged to take private lessons. Two orchestras and a beginning strings ensemble are offered to accommodate talented young musicians and the orchestra program serves youths who are ten and older.
Ethan Lawrence serves as interim music director and conducts the Symphony Orchestra and Adrienn Salazar serves as interim conductor of the Concert Orchestra.
The LSYO Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra comprised of the most talented and accomplished young brass, wind, string, and percussion musicians in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Members of the Symphony Orchestra rehearse and perform standard orchestral repertoire from all musical eras. In Symphony, our musicians continue to hone their technique and artistry while studying challenging repertoire.
The LSYO Concert Orchestra studies and performs music from all musical eras, with a focus on the baroque, classical and romantic. This orchestra is the first introduction to a full symphonic experience for most performers. Along with string players, wind and brass players are encouraged and trained on ensemble playing techniques that may not be included in their middle and high school experience.
The LSYO Prelude Strings is an ensemble for our younger or less experienced string musicians. Members of this ensemble focus on the foundational skills required for successful ensemble rehearsal and performance. Members learn to follow a conductor, sight read, work on bowing techniques, and stand sharing. A minimal number of students is needed for this program to be effective so it will be offered based on demand.