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cleveland orchestra youth orchestra conducted by vinay parameswaran
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra conducted by Vinay Parameswaran
Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra announces auditions for 2018-19 season

Audition application deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

For Release:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra today announced auditions for the 2018-19 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 30, 2018. The application fee is $30. Those interested should contact Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra Manager Lauren Generette at 216-231-7352, email for information, or download audition materials at (click on Auditions).

During the 2018-19 season, the Youth Orchestra will give three performances at Severance Hall as well as concerts in the Greater Cleveland community with Music Director Vinay Parameswaran. Mr. Parameswaran is currently serving as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and is finishing his first season as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra serving as coaches to the Youth Orchestra and leading weekly sectional rehearsals include: William Preucil, Peter Otto, and Emilio Llinás (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-second season, is a full, 100-member symphony orchestra of young musicians from 37 communities in 10 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. A third international tour to Europe is being planned for 2019. Details of the upcoming tour will be announced in 2019.

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.

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