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Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces auditions for 2017-18 season

Audition application deadline:
Friday, March 31, 2017

CLEVELAND, February 21, 2017 – The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra today announced auditions for the 2017-18 season. Auditions will be held at Severance Hall during the month of May. Middle- and high-school student instrumentalists who are studying privately and involved in their school music program are invited to audition. Auditions will be heard for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, and keyboard. Audition applications must be received by Friday, March 31, 2017. The application fee is $25. Those interested should contact Youth Orchestra Manager Lauren Generette at 216-231-7352 or email for information, or download audition materials at (click on Auditions).

During the 2017-18 season the Youth Orchestra will give three performances at Severance Hall as well as concerts in the greater Cleveland community. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra serving as coaches to the Youth Orchestra and leading weekly sectional rehearsals include: William Preucil, Peter Otto, and Emilio Llinas (violin); Lynne Ramsey, Stanley Konopka, and Mark Jackobs (viola); Richard Weiss and David Alan Harrell (cello); Mark Atherton (bass); Marisela Sager (flute); Frank Rosenwein and Jeffrey Rathbun (oboe); Robert Woolfrey (clarinet); Jonathan Sherwin (bassoon); Shachar Israel (trombone); Hans Clebsch (horn); Lyle Steelman (trumpet); Yasuhito Sugiyama (tuba); Trina Struble (harp); Joela Jones (keyboard); and Thomas Sherwood (timpani/percussion).

About The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, currently in its thirty-first season, is a full, 100-member symphony orchestra of young musicians from 45 communities in 14 counties of Ohio. The ensemble was one of five youth orchestras chosen to participate in the National Youth Orchestra Festival at Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts in June 1998. In March 2001, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as part of the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series, and at Penn State University’s Eisenhower Auditorium.  In June 2009, the Youth Orchestra traveled on a six-day, four-concert tour to Boston, Massachusetts and its surroundings.  In June 2012, the Youth Orchestra made its first international appearances with a tour that included concerts in Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg. In June of 2015, the Youth Orchestra made its second international tour, to China.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by a generous grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and by gifts from many other donors from across Northeast Ohio. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and the Estate of Jules and Ruth Vinney.