Student symphony seeks young musicians

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2001

The Juneau Student Symphony is offering beginning musicans of all ages the opportunity to play in a full symphony.

We are sort of a "farm orchestra" for the Juneau Symphony, said director Rick Trostel, giving youth and adults who might not have the skills yet to play in the Juneau Symphony an opportunity to play in a full symphony orchestra with woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.

The group, formerly the Juneau Youth Symphony, was expanded this year to include all ages. The symphony willl rehearse 6:30 to 8:00 Monday nights at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School band room begining Sept. 17. Performances will be staged in November and March.

This year's repertoire will include works by Jean Mouret, Telemann, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, and Dvorak among others.

Auditions will be scheduled for all prospective member of the Student Symphony during the first two weeks of September. Trostel said these are informational auditions so that appropriate repertoire can be programmed to challenge, but not overwhelm the ensemble. Musicians should have basic music reading and instrumental skills. There will be no competitive placement of Student Symphony members.

Tuition is $75 for the year, including music, rehearsals, two concerts and a season ticket to the Juneau Symphony. The student symphony is supported by the Juneau Symphony, city of Juneau and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Scholarships are available for some students.

Contact Rick Trostel at 586-1915 or e-mail at to set up an audition.

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