SPRING, 2017 CONCERT DATE: MAY 8 at 7:00 p.m.  See the rehearsal schedule on the Youth Orchestra Syllabus document below.

The Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra (TYO) is a full orchestra made up of students with advanced abilities under a School of Music faculty conductor assisted by a School of Music graduate student in conducting. TYO members are primarily area high school students, with some advanced middle school students, UA students (degree and non-degree), and a few adult community members.

NEXT YEAR, Fall 2017/Spring 2018: Audition day will be Monday,  August 21 beginning at 5:30 pm. in room 204 of Moody Music Bldg), Fall Concert is November 27, 2017; Spring Concert is April 30, 2018.


Enrollment in the TYO occurs in one of two ways: 1) via non-credit enrollment (payment to the CMS office) or 2) via for-credit enrollment (MUA 169, 269, 369, 469, section 23, 1 credit hour, with payment to UA Student Receivables).

Below are the enrollment dates and fees for non-credit enrollment. Please contact Dr. Jane Weigel about for-credit enrollment pricing.

Strings: $125/semester (14 audition/rehearsals/concert)
FALL, 2017: August 28 – November 28 (no rehearsal on Labor Day but we will rehearse on November 20), Concert on November 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Wind/Brass/Percussion: $75/semester (7 rehearsals/concert)
FALL, 2017: October  16 – November 27 (we will rehearse on November 20)

Concerto Competition:  An audition will be held the first Monday in February to select one member of the TYO and one pianist from CMS to play a solo work/movement with the orchestra on the spring concert. Orchestral parts must be available on IMSLP or in the UA library AND must be pre-approved by the ensemble conductor.  Interested students should contact Jane Weigel at jweigel@ua.edu


Winds, brass, and percussion attend  7 rehearsals/concert each semester. With so few rehearsals, attendance is critical. Please see the rehearsal and concert schedule listed on the syllabus before auditioning. Students returning from Fall semester do not need to re-audition. Audition times are available for open chairs for Spring, 2018.

Youth Orchestra SYLLABUS

The following sections / chairs will be filled at the audition: