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...
Type of Ensemble: Full Symphonic Orchestra, including strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
There are five main TRYPO program areas: YPO (our flagship full symphonic orchestra), Symphonette (a string training ensemble), the Youth Chamber Connection (chamber music program), TRYPO Summer Programs, and our City Music Center affiliation. For more information about each of these programs, see below.
YOUNG PEOPLES ORCHESTRA [YPO]
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 two 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 was a travel year for YPO, which went to New York City in June 2015 to perform in Carnegie Hall, among other activities. The next travel season for YPO is scheduled for the 2017-18 season. All YPO students are expected to travel with the orchestra during a travel 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).
SYMPHONETTEType 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 two 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.
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).
YOUTH CHAMBER CONNECTIONType of ensemble: The Youth Chamber Connection (YC2) is the joint chamber music program of TRYPO, PYSO and City Music Center (with administration provided by TRYPO), 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 availability 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 coachings and rehearsals are scheduled individually between the students and coaches. Generally, they take place on weekends at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, or at Heinz Hall.
Auditions: Members of in-network programs TRYPO and PYSO do not need a placement audition, as placement is determined by those members' ensemble seating auditions. City Music Center students and out-of-network students must complete a placement audition in September of every year (some late entry in January if there is demand). See the YC2 website Youth Chamber Connection for more information about YC2 and how to join.
SUMMER PROGRAMSYC2 at CHAUTAUQUA: TRYPO is pleased to host young musicians at the Chautauqua Institute in upstate NY every summer. For more information, see YC2 in CHAUTAUQUA
Brass Camp: NEW THIS YEAR! We are excited to announce a new week-long program for brass students in June 2016. Check back for more information soon!
CITY MUSIC CENTERTRYPO 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.
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
2015-16 Tuition Fees are as follows. Most tuition fees are split into fall and spring payments. For info on Tuition Assistance, see bottom of page.
|YPO||Total Annual Amount|
|Tuition (TRYPO only)||$700|
|Tuition (CMC students*)||$0|
|Mini-Camp Tuition (CMC and TRYPO)||$295|
|Touring Fees (CMC and TRYPO - Next tour tentatively planned for 2017-18 season)||$TBA fee/student|
|Symphonette||Total 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.
|YOUTH CHAMBER CONNECTION (YC2)||Total Annual Amount|
|Performance Track (In Program: CMC, TRYPO, PYSO)||$450|
|Performance Track (out of program)||$550|
|Education Track (In Program: CMC, TRYPO, PYSO)||$350|
|Education Track (out of program)||$450|
For more information about the Youth Chamber Connection, the combined chamber music program of TRYPO, PYSO, and City Music Center, please see YC2's website HERE
ABOUT TUITION ASSISTANCE...
Families should not be discouraged from applying to TRYPO due to financial limitations. TRYPO is a 501(c)(3) 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 over $160,000 to almost 500 students in financial assistance. We are greatly indebted to the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Jack Buncher Foundation, the Grable Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the McKinney Charitable Trust, and the Paul J. and Charlotta Ross Young Musicians 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 [email protected].