Type of Ensemble: Full Symphonic Orchestra, including strings, winds, brass, and percussion.
2018-19 Enrollment: 93
Typical YPO Students: YPO students are generally 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: Brian Worsdale is the conductor of YPO and the Music Director of TRYPO. See Artistic Staff for more information about Mr. Worsdale.
EQTeach 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. EQTeach is underwritten by the EQT Foundation.
Performances: YPO performs two to four concerts a year, depending on the season.
Rehearsals: YPO rehearses on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-4:30pm at the Mary Pappert School of Music of Duquesne University. Occasionally rehearsals occur on Sunday afternoons/evenings.
Retreats: YPO’s annual season-starting retreat (Mini-Camp!) is held each year over Labor Day weekend. The next Mini-Camp will be Saturday-Sunday, August 31- September 1, 2019 at the Frank Pasquerilla Conference Center, snuggled in the western Pennsylvania hills of Johnstown, PA, only 1.5 hours from downtown Pittsburgh. This state-of-the-art facility will house our ever-growing orchestra with plenty of room to spare! Students will spend the weekend diving deep into YPO repertoire, getting to know each other, and TRYPO staff. 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 2017-18 season concluded with a Concert Tour of Central Europe in June 2018. All YPO students are expected and encouraged to travel with the orchestra during a travel season. However with proper notice, permission to miss the tour may be granted without jeopardizing the student’s membership in the orchestra. For more information about the 2017-18 European Tour, please CLICK HERE. The next travel year for TRYPO is anticipated to be the 2020-2021 season.
Concerto Competition: Every year, YPO students can compete to perform with YPO on the spring concert. For more information, click HERE.
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).
Repertoire: YPO performs standard orchestral repertoire for full orchestra. Recent repertoire selections have included:
- Williams’ “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 18-19 Season
- Holst’s The Planets: 18-19 Season
- Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8: 17-18 Season
- Smetana’s The Moldau: 17-18 Season
- Dvorak’s Carnival Overture: 17-18 Season
- Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn: 16-17 Season
- Copland’s Appalachian Spring: 16-17 Season
- Williams’ Harry Potter Symphonic Suite: 16-17 Season
- Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite: 16-17 Season
- Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (featuring guest concertmaster Jeremy Black): 16-17 Season
- Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird (1919 version): 15-16 Season
- Respighi’s Fountains of Rome: 15-16 Season
- Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hansel and Gretel: 15-16 Season
- Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco: 14-15 Season
- Abigana’s Ceili, World premiere in Carnegie Hall, NYC: 14-15 Season
- Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del destino: 15-16 Season
- Saint-Saens: “Danse Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah: 14-15 Season
Tuition: 2019-20 Tuition Fees are as follows. Visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information about scholarships.
|YPO Tuition Fees||Total Annual Amount|
|Mini-Camp Tuition (required attendance)||$295|