Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra

The Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra (NIYO) with two concerts during the year, a tour and a side by side event with the wcfsymphony in April 2019.

 

John Chiles, conductor

REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Advanced string, wind, percussion, piano and brass students in grades 9 - 12 (and at least age 14) by audition and who are members in good standing of their high school orchestra or band, if available.  Students in grade 8 may be considered at NIYO music director's discretion.

LEVEL

This is an advanced level orchestra.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Click here for online registration. Online registration is required prior to the audition date

Auditions will take place on September 6 (September 13, if needed)  and January 10 (or 17  by appointment).   Auditions are organized by instrument in the fall and by first come-first served basis in the spring.  For more information, contact Cathy Craig at cathy.craig@uni.edu

Audition requirements

STRINGS (3 octaves)
2 major scales, 1 minor scale*
prepared solo pieces
sight-reading
WOODWINDS/ BRASS (2 octaves for major scales)
2 major scales, 1 chromatic scales*
prepared solo piece
sight-reading
PERCUSSION 
1 prepared excerpt
1 pitched keyboard instrument sight-reading
1 snare drum sight-reading
* Scale requirments
violin: Bb major, E major, G melodic minor
viola: Eb major, G major, C melodic minor
cello: Eb major, G major, C melodic minor
bass: (2 octave) E major, A major, A melodic minor
Woodwinds/Brass: Concert A-flat major, Concert G Major, Chromatic
Audition Schedule 
Sept. 6,  2019
4:00 Winds, brass, percussion
5:15 cello
6:00 Violin and viola
Sept. 13, 2019 (if needed)
5:00 - 6:00 any instrument
After September 14:
Required written recommendation from individual lesson teacher or orchestra or band director and a late fee of $20 will be assessed.
LIST OF MUSICAL SELECTIONS
REHEARSALS  --A complete list of rehearsal dates and locations will be available after auditions results are announced.
      • Grahm Chamber Music Hall at UNI School of Music, Russell Hall
      • Dress Rehearsals - Davis Hall at UNI School of Music, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
      • Fall:  5:00 - 7:00 on Fridays with two additional Sundays
      • Spring: 7:00 - 9:00 on Fridays
ATTENDANCE/POLICIES
      • Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences.  (2 unexcused late arrivals count as 1 unexcused absence.)  Excused absences must be approved in advance and include only those events that are a mandatory school event.  You will be asked to submit anticipated absences at auditions.
      • Bring pencils for taking notes.
      • Cello and Bass students should bring rock stops.  Percussionists should bring their own mallet/sticks.
      • Complete list of rehearsals, will be available once audition results have been announced.
      • NIYO Goals and Policies, click here.

CONCERTS

      • December 8, 2019 at 6:00 in Davis Hall at Gallagher-Bluedorn
      • March 6, 2020 at 7:30 in the Great Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn with the wcfsymphony
      • May 11, 2020 at 6:00 in Davis Hall at Gallagher-Bluedorn

CONCERT ATTIRE

Please refrain from wearing perfume or cologne to the concert.  If you do not own the proper concert attire and are unable to obtain it before the concert, please contact the music director.

Women

    • OPTION #1: Colorful shirt, black pants or skirt (skirt must be below the knee or longer, black hose (black socks if you are wearing pants), black dress shoes; NO sequins/glitter/shiny decorations, NO revealing or low-cut necklines.
    • OPTIONS #2: All black (required for the wcfsymphony side by side)

Men

    • OPTION #1: colorful solid dress shirt, black suit jacket is optional, black dress pants, black socks, black shoes.  You may wear a black tie if you wish but not required.
    • OPTION #2: All black (required for the wcfsymphony side by side)

TOUR INFO

Date: TBA

FEES

  • Entire year: $350 + $10 music library fee
  • Spring only: $200 +$10 music library fee
  • Payments are due at the first rehearsal
  • Payments can be mailed to UNI Suzuki School, Univeristy of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0246 or deposited in a the black pay box by Russell Hall main office-room 115.  Please label the envelope "UNI Suzuki School" or circle SUZUKI on the black box provided envelope. 
  • Second semester only membership is available at a special price. 
  • Scholarships may be available.  Contact Cathy Craig at cathy.craig@uni.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMUNICATIONS

NIYO specific emails will be from and can be sent to:  NIYOatUNI@gmail.com or cathy.craig@uni.edu

Rehearsal notes and announcements may be posted here.

NORTHERN IOWA YOUTH ORCHESTRA IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE UNI SUZUKI SCHOOL

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