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TRYPO provides well-rounded music education programs and performance opportunities for young people to foster lifelong passion, appreciation and support of music. We need your help to continue our mission!

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ABOUT OUR MISSION...



TRYPO is a youth orchestra program in residence at City Music Center of the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University. TRYPO provides well-rounded music education programs and performance opportunities for young people to foster lifelong passion, appreciation, and support of music.


ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS...



There are five main TRYPO program offerings: YPO (our flagship full symphonic orchestra), Symphonette (a string training ensemble), Chamber Music Program, City Music Center affiliation, and Educational Series. For more information about each of these programs, see below.

YOUNG PEOPLES ORCHESTRA [YPO]
Type of Ensemble: Full Symphonic Orchestra, including strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
Typical YPO Students: YPO generally has around 80 students from the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area and from as far as West Virginia and Ohio. While auditions are based on playing level and not age, most students are in between 9th and 12th grades, with some younger students and some college students.
Conductor: John Wilcox is the conductor of YPO and the Music Director of TRYPO. See Artistic Staff for more information about Mr. Wilcox.
Coaches: Students break out into periodic sectionals to focus on technique and their individual parts. YPO coaching staff is drawn from members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and other professional local teaching artists. See Artistic Staff for more information about YPO's artistic staff.
Performances: YPO performs three to four concerts a year.
Rehearsals: YPO rehearses on Saturday afternoons at the Mary Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University. Occasionally rehearsals occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings.
Retreats: YPO has a overnight season retreat at the start of each season at Bethany College in West Virginia over Labor Day weekend. Attendance is mandatory for YPO students.
Travel: The 2014-15 season is a travel year for YPO and the orchestra will go to New York City in June 2015 to perform in Central Park and Carnegie Hall, among other activities. The next travel season for YPO is scheduled for the 2017-18 season.
Concerto Competition: Every year, YPO students can compete to perform with YPO on the spring concert.
Other Opportunities: See below for other opportunities available to YPO students.
Auditions: YPO has auditions every May/June for entry to the next season. See New Member Auditions for more information on how to join YPO and for current openings (if any).

SYMPHONETTE
Type of Ensemble: String Training Ensemble for violins, violas, cellos, and basses.
Typical Symphonette Students: Symphonette generally has around 45 students from the greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area and from as far as West Virginia and Ohio. While auditions are based on playing level and not age, most students are in between 7th and 10th grades, with some younger students and some older students.
Conductor: Andrew Wickesberg is the conductor of Symphonette. See Artistic Staff for more information about Mr. Wickesberg.
Coaches: Students break out into periodic sectionals to focus on technique and their individual parts. Symphonette coaching staff is drawn from members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and other professional local teaching artists. See Artistic Staff for more information about Symphonette's artistic staff.
Performances: Symphonette performs three to four concerts a year.
Rehearsals: Symphonette rehearses on Saturday mornings at the Mary Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University.
Retreats: Symphonette has a season retreat day camp at the start of each season at the Mary Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University.
Other Opportunities: See below for other opportunities available to Symphonette students.
Auditions: Symphonette has auditions every May/June for entry to the next season. See New Member Auditions for more information on how to join Symphonette and for current openings (if any).

CHAMBER MUSIC PROGRAM
Type of ensemble: TRYPO and City Music Center have a joint chamber music program which gives students the opportunity to be a member of a small ensemble, such as a quartet or quintet. Groups are formed according to the levels and availabilities of interested students.
Typical Chamber Music Students: Because students can be placed in chamber music groups according to their experience levels, students are as young as 7 and as old as 18! Many students are members of City Music Center or TRYPO, but students may participate a la carte as they desire.
Coaches: The Chamber Music Program coaches are drawn from among TRYPO artistic staff, City Music Center artistic staff, and Pittsburgh Symphony musicians, according to each group's needs and schedules.
Performances: The program is divided into Education Track and Performance Track ensembles. Education track students perform in Performance Class at City Music Center. Performance Track Students are required to perform at least four times per season in various locations throughout the city. Advanced groups also have access to gigging opportunities.
Rehearsals: Chamber Music groups generally rehearse on Saturdays at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, per the scheduling needs of each individual group. Different rehearsal days can also be accommodated for out-of-network students if desired.
Other Opportunities: See below for other opportunities available to Symphonette students.
Auditions: Entrance to the Chamber Music Program requires a placement audition in September of every year (some late entry in January if there is demand). See [Link Coming Soon!] for more information on how to join the Chamber Music Program.

CITY MUSIC CENTER
TRYPO is an program in residence at City Music Center of Duquesne University. City Music Center is a community Saturday music program with opportunities for private lessons (or group lessons), music theory and ear training, chorus, ensembles, eurhythmics, and performance class. Through our affiliation with City Music Center, tuition in either of TRYPO's large ensembles is included in City Music Center tuition for cross-registered students who are accepted to TRYPO's program. See City Music Center or call 412.396.5872 for more information.

EDUCATIONAL SERIES
Check back soon for more information!


ABOUT THE REPERTOIRE...


YPO performs standard orchestral repertoire for full orchestra. Recent repertoire selections have included:

  • • Beethoven's "Coriolan" Overture, op. 62
  • • Bizet's Suite No. 1 from Carmen
  • • Borodin's "Polovtesian Dances" from Prince Igor
  • • De Falla's El Amor brujo
  • • Schubert's Overture to Rosamunde
  • • Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon
  • • Copland's "Saturday Night Waltz" from Rodeo
  • • Strauss' Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes
  • • Beethoven's Symphony No. 5
  • • Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld" Overture


Symphonette performs challenging repertoire for string orchestra according to their level of playing abilities. Recent repertoire selections have included:
  • • Brahms' Lullaby for the Christ Child (arr.)
  • • Akpabot's Three Nigerian Dances
  • • Husa's Vier Kleine Stucke
  • • Sibelius' Andante Festivo
  • • Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka (arr.)
  • • Dittersdorf's Concerto in E Major for Bass and Orchestra with Pittsburgh Symphony bassist Jeffrey Grubbs
  • • Weill's "Lost in the Stars" with Pittsburgh Symphony bassist Jeffrey Grubbs (arr.)
  • • Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 4


ABOUT TUITION...



2014-15 Tuition Fees are as follows. Most tuition fees are split into fall and spring payments. For info on Tuition Assistance, see bottom of page.

YPOTotal Annual Amount
Tuition (TRYPO only)$700
Tuition (CMC students*)$0
Mini-Camp Tuition (CMC and TRYPO) $295
Touring Fees (CMC and TRYPO) $1,550 cost/student
-$750 automatic scholarship
$800 total fee/student

SymphonetteTotal Annual Amount
Tuition (TRYPO only)$700
Tuition (CMC students*)$0
Symphonette Day Fee (CMC and TRYPO)$20

*For City Music Center full-curriculum students who are cross-registered in TRYPO, your TRYPO tuition fees are included in your City Music Center tuition.

Chamber Music ProgramTotal Annual Amount
Performance Track (CMC and TRYPO) $400
Performance Track (out of program)$500
Education Track (CMC and TRYPO)$300
Education Track (out of program)$400


ABOUT TUITION ASSISTANCE...



Families should not be discouraged from applying to TRYPO due to financial limitations. TRYPO is a 501(c)(1) non-profit organization that is committed to keeping costs as low as possible without diminishing the quality or depth of programming. At the heart of our mission is a commitment to ensuring that no deserving young musician be denied participation based on financial means. We are fortunate to offer a financial aid and scholarship program to assist deserving students.

Since 1989, we have awarded almost $90,000 in scholarships to students who demonstrate need. We are greatly indebted to the Grable Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the McKinney Charitable Foundation, and the Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Young Musicianís Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for underwriting our scholarship program in recent years.

If you would like to support the TRYPO Scholarship Fund, please contact us at 412-391-0526 or e-mail us at staff@trypo.org.