Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO)
Joel Bein, Conductor
Youth Symphony Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of SFYSA. Members play the orchestral classics through works written in the 21st century. YSO has performed with world-renowned artists such as Mark O’Connor, Guillermo Figueroa, and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with organizations such as the Ying Quartet, Moving People Dance Company, Denver School of the Arts, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, Albuquerque Youth Symphony, and the Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama. Each Fall YSO members spend a weekend retreat at Hummingbird Music Camp, and tours each season whenever possible. Recent tours have included the Czech Republic, Germany, San Francisco, and Denver.
Youth Philharmonia (YP)
Richard Snider, Conductor
Youth Philharmonia is offered to intermediate/advanced students usually between the ages of 10 and 15. The orchestra serves as the final stepping-stone to membership in YSO. Youth Philharmonia is open to intermediate string, woodwind, and brass players. Richard Snider has directed the ensemble since 2002 and frequently creates his own arrangements for the ensemble. Youth Philharmonia has also premiered works written by SFYSA students and alumni.
Intermezzo String Orchestra (ISO)
Karles McQuade, Conductor
Intermezzo String Orchestra serves the needs of young string players who have previous orchestral experience, are beginning to refine and build upon their fundamental skills, and who can fluidly sight-read music that is not yet as advanced as their current playing level. Students are introduced to more advanced orchestral techniques including leading one’s own section/leading the orchestra; following one’s own section leader/following the concertmaster; following more subtle and refined cues from a conductor; playing without a conductor; and understanding and executing more refined and varied bow-distribution, dynamics, and tone colors. The typical age-range of ISO is 9 to 13, and the minimum equivalent level in the Suzuki literature is early Book 2.