Type of ensemble: The Youth Chamber Connection (YC²) is the joint chamber music program of TRYPO, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, 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, TRYPO, and/or PYSO but students may participate a la carte as they desire.
Coaches: The Chamber Music Program coaches are drawn from among TRYPO artistic staff, Duquesne University faculty, 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 the Catholic Charities Building downtown (a short walk from Heinz Hall).
Auditions: Members of in-network programs TRYPO and PYSO do not need a placement audition, as placement is determined by those members’ large 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.
|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 (with administration provided by TRYPO), please visit YC²’s website, YouthChamberConnection.org.