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You have entered the TRYPOsphere! – a cosmic series of in-person classes (all with online options as well!) designed to strengthen musical and media arts skills while you’re having a blast with other like-minded musicians. Last season, we launched the series for students of all experience levels, and we met exceptional musicians interested in growing their musical knowledge and improving performance skills.

Non-TRYPO members are welcome to enroll. Encourage a friend to take a class with you and work on a joint project together.


 Enrollment is closed for the 2022 Spring Session.
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Contact Alyssa Hensley for more information: Alyssa@trypo.org

Scroll down to see what we’re offering in the current season! These classes will likely be offered in the 2022-23 season as well.

Your TRYPOsphere voyage includes:

  • Weekly classes with incomparable faculty – 2021-22 classes include offerings in Conducting, Composition, Entrepreneurship, and Music Theory. 
  • Technology support for solo and group assignments.
  • Harmonious scheduling to accommodate your YC² and large ensemble commitments.
  • Forever be a member of the TRYPOfam!

2021-22 Course Offerings

Click Here to visit our Artistic Staff page to learn more about the TRYPOsphere instructors.

*NEW* Introduction to Entrepreneurship with Theresa Abalos

Ages 12-19; Taught Mondays from 4:30-6:00 PM at TRYPO’s downtown office in the Catholic Charities Building, or students can also participate via Zoom.

Study and practice the basics of marketing, communicating, and advocating for your ideas — as individuals, musicians, and prospective college applicants. Over ten weeks, you will apply these new skills by executing your own creative projects.

Introduction to Conducting with Maestro Brian Worsdale

Ages 14-19; Taught Thursdays from 5:30-7:00 PM at TRYPO’s downtown office in the Catholic Charities Building, or students can also participate via Zoom.

Blast off into the study of what it means to be a conductor! You will grow your musical knowledge by learning the basics of score study and conducting techniques, reviewing well-known and lesser-known performances, and exploring the history and personal biography that affected the composers’ work. Enjoy a weekly session including discussions, special guests, listening and research assignments, and more. This class will teach you the basics needed to become a candidate for the Apprentice Conducting Program.

Composition with Professor Robert Traugh

Ages 14-19; (Exceptions may apply. Contact rob@trypo.org with questions.) Taught Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM at TRYPO’s downtown office in the Catholic Charities Building, or students can also participate via Zoom.

Prerequisite: Students should already have a rudimentary knowledge of music theory and access to music notation software (free versions: MuseScore or NoteFlight) and a digital workstation (free versions: GarageBand for Mac users and Audacity for PC users).

Ignite your creative juices as you work with composer Robert Traugh to explore a variety of compositional practices through guest interviews, guided exploration, and short composition assignments designed to build a notebook of ideas you can continue to expand upon far into the future. The class will host at least one super awesome guest speaker, as well as a very special collaboration with Youth Chamber Connection students who will participate in a reading session of your work.

Music Theory I with Pierce Cook

Ages 12-19; Taught Mondays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at TRYPO’s downtown office in the Catholic Charities Building, or students can also participate via Zoom.

Join the exploration to unearth the integral connection between music theory and performance. In this course, you will comprehensively go over many of the basics of music theory, including clefs, notation essentials, scales, intervals, triads, key signatures, and the circle of fifths. Emphasis is placed not just on memorization; but also, on process understanding and ear training.

Music Theory II with Pierce Cook 

Ages 12-19; Taught Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at TRYPO’s downtown office in the Catholic Charities Building, or students can also participate via Zoom.

In Music Theory II, you will dig deeper into each area we covered in Music Theory I. So, more clef work, newer scales, more notation rules and their exceptions, larger and more complicated intervals and inversions, triads and 7th chords, as well as analysis and composition. Once again, we will work on learning process and ear training, not just memorizing (though we will do that, too!)


Apprentice Conducting Program (ACP) with Maestro Brian Worsdale

Students must be able to participate in-person (Duquesne University and First Presbyterian Church, downtown)
Prerequisite: Intro to Conducting or Conducting Classes in Summer of 2020 or 2020-21 academic year OR Letter of recommendation from your school music teacher.

Buckle up for this thrilling opportunity to truly learn the craft of conducting and how to influence the sound of an ensemble by working with live musicians! You will be expected to attend rehearsals of the various large and small TRYPO ensembles to observe different conducting styles and rehearsal techniques.  Weekly sessions will include discussion of in-depth score study, special guests, and listening and research homework assignments. Conducting opportunities are also possible.

Ages 14-19. This class will meet Saturdays from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM at the large ensemble rehearsal locations, starting mid-October through January 2022.

TRYPOsphere Composition Zoom Class from 2020-21 Season


Tuition: Spring 2022 Tuition Fees are as follows. We know that in this year, finances might be even tighter than usual. TRYPO will never turn a student away due to limited financial resources. TRYPOsphere classes are eligible for financial assistance, and the process to apply is easier than ever! Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information about scholarships.

TRYPOsphere Tuition Fees Spring 2021 Amount
Tuition (per class per semester) $300
Less $50 Household Discount per class per semester if the student or a sibling is enrolled in a TRYPO or PYSO large ensemble (YPO, SYM, WS, PE), YC², or another TRYPOsphere class in the 2021-22 Season, or a current CAPA student.) -$50 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at staff@trypo.org.