Youth Symphony News

Welcome Youth Symphony! We are so excited to see everyone tomorrow, Saturday, 9/10 @ 10:30 - 12:30 in Bone Hall for our first rehearsal!   Please arrive 5 minutes early to get unpacked and ready to tune. This year DUSS would like you to write your own names on your stand tags and folders.  We will have markers available but feel free to bring anything you would like to personalize (colored markers, stickers, etc.).  You can view the seating chart for the first rehearsal below. Our … read more about Welcome to Youth Symphony, Fall 2022 »

Dear Youth Symphony Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS. Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, ability to cue, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the year, leaders need to abide by the attendance policy and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and behavior.   Violin leaders come from the 1st violin section and must audition into the… read more about Youth Symphony Leadership Auditions 2022 »

Dear Youth Symphony members, We look forward to finally welcoming back our winds, brass and percussion for a full  symphony concert in April, which includes our Concerto Competition winners! Click on the link below for access to the parts (Shostakovich forthcoming). 4/24 Concert Repertoire Link   read more about Music for April, 2022 Concert Cycle »

Dear Youth Symphony members, We will be working on three very different and beautiful pieces from three distinct time periods this concert cycle: - Mozart, Divertimento K. 136 in D major - Elgar, Serenade for Strings - Peter Askim, As Glaciers Thaw... You wil have the opportunity to continue rehearsing with Professor Harry Davidson with you until mid- February, when Professor Peter Askim will work with the orchestra for a few weeks as guest conductor and for the concert. This will be a great opportunity to work with a… read more about YS Music for February, 2022 Concert Cycle »

Dear Youth Symphony members, We are excited to see you for our first rehearsal on Saturday, September 11 in Bone Hall from 10:30am-12:15pm. Please arrive 5 minutes early to get unpacked and ready to tune. We are very fortunate to have Professor Harry Davidson conducting for our November concert. The repertoire will be: Telemann's Don Quixote Suite and Britten's Simple Symphony, which is anything but simple! Click the hyperlinks to listen to recordings before rehearsal, and parts are attached to this email in case you ever… read more about Fall 2021 Youth Symphony Music »

Dear Youth Symphony Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS. Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, ability to cue, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the year, leaders need to abide by the attendance policy and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and behavior.   Violin leaders come from the 1st violin section and must audition… read more about 2021 Youth Symphony Leadership Audition Music »

This intriguing piece by Hubert Parry was commissioned by Helen, Countess of Radnor, who lived in Longford Castle near Salisbury, England. She was a woman who pushed boundaries for the Victorian era, including commissioning this piece for orchestra, and then conducted it herself! I look forward to working on the following movements with the Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra this spring: I. Prelude, III. Sarabande, IV. Bourree, VI. Gigue. Click here for a recording of the piece Our rehearsals are A Saturdays from 12:40-1:… read more about YS Chamber Orchestra Spring 2021 Repertoire »

I'm looking forward to working on these great pieces with the Youth Symphony Violin Virtuosi this fall! See PDF attachments below. -Erica Shirts Download(s): Canonic Sonata No.2.pdf Bartok Duos #28, #32.pdf read more about Youth Symphony Violin Virtuosi Fall 2020 Music »

Welcome to the 2020 spring semester with DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music for the spring 2020 concert here. Russian Easter Overture was composed by Rimsky-Krosakov in 1888 and was premiered by him in St. Petersburg on December 15 of that year. This composition calls for three flutes and piccolo, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, two trumpets, three trombones and tuba, timpani, glockenspiel, bass drum, triangle, cymbals, tam-tam, harp, and strings. This work is based entirely on themes… read more about DUSS - Youth Symphony - Spring 2020 Music »

Welcome to the 2019-20 winter semester with DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music here. Shoshtakovich’s Festive Overture is a vivacious and brilliant orchestral firework that it has found a secure place in the international repertoire. Please find more information about this work in the wikipedia link provided here.     Congratulations to the Concerto Competition Winners! * Alexander McDowell, Barber Violin Concerto Op. 14, Movement 1 - Allegro * Amelia Cho, Prokofiev Violin… read more about DUSS - Youth Symphony - Winter 2019-20 Music »

Welcome to the 2019 fall semester with the DUSS Youth Symphony! Please download your music here. El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat or Le tricorne) is a ballet choreographed by Léonide Massine to music by Manuel de Falla. It was commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and premiered in 1919. We shall be performing the three dances from Act II of this ballet.         1. The Neighbours’s dance         2. The Miller’s dance and         3. The Final dance. Please find more information about this work in the Wikipedia… read more about DUSS - Youth Symphony - Fall 2019 Music »

Dear Youth Symphony Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS.  Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, ability to cue, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the year, leaders need to abide by the attendance policy and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and behavior. Please look for an email in your inbox with a Sign-Up Genius link to pick… read more about 2019 YS Leadership Audition Pieces »

The Heiligenstadt Testament of Ludwig Van Beethoven Notes by W. T. S. Thackara The Heiligenstadt Testament,* an early will written by Ludwig van Beethoven to his brothers Carl and Johann, is a remarkable document. The Heiligenstadt Testament of Ludwig Van Beethoven by W. T. S. Thackara - theosociety.org read more about Heiligenstadt Testament »

The Symphony No. 5 in C minor of Ludwig van Beethoven, Op. 67, was written between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies.[1] First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as "one of the most important works of the time". As is typical of symphonies in the classical period, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is in four … read more about DUSS - Youth Symphony - April 2019 Music »

Mr Sam Hammond has long been a treasure to all of us at DUSS.  Please see this wonderful article about him and his lifelong dedication to our Duke community! https://today.duke.edu/2018/11/university-carillonneur-retire-after-53-years read more about University Carillonneur to Retire After 53 Years »

Enjoy the recording from Fall concert performance on Nov 11, 2018! read more about Video recording from Fall Concert on Nov 11, 2018 »

Danse Bacchanale - Saint-Saëns Samson and Delilah (French: Samson et Dalila), Op. 47, is a grand opera in three acts and four scenes by Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. It was first performed in Weimar at the Grossherzogliches (Grand Ducal) Theater (now the Staatskapelle Weimar) on 2 December 1877 in a German translation. Wikipedia You can download the music from here.   Spitfire Prelude and Fugue … read more about Music for February 2019 Concert »

CALLING FOR ALL ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS, especially STRING PLAYERS:    The Duke Wind Symphony is hosting its annual VIENNESE BALL on Saturday, February 16, 2019. We are looking for musicians (especially, but not limited to, string players) to play traditional Austrian Waltzes, such as Blue Danube, Sleeping Beauty, Emperor Waltz, and more, with a full orchestra. Are you interested? - please fill out this quick form (please let us know by Dec.17 if you are… read more about CALLING FOR ALL ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS for VIENNESE BALL »

'The Planets' At 100: A Listener's Guide To Holst's Solar System One hundred years ago, a symphonic blockbuster was born in London. The Planets, by Gustav Holst, premiered on this date in 1918. The seven-movement suite, depicting planets from our solar system, has been sampled, stolen and cherished by the likes of Frank Zappa, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and any number of prog-rock and metal bands. To mark the anniversary, we've enlisted two experts to guide us on an interplanetary trek through Holst's enduring… read more about NPR Article by TOM HUIZENGA »

DUSS Concerto Competition The DUSS Concerto Competition is open to all students in Concert String Orchestra and the Youth Symphony to enter.  The Competition Audition is open to the public and parents, teachers, and students are welcome to come and observe in the "stadium seating" of Nelson Music Room.  In order to help aid the participant’s concentration, please no photography, video recording, or young children who may not be able to sit quietly. The 2018 Duke University String School Concerto Competition will take… read more about Concerto Competition »

The Planets, Op. 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. Each movement of the suite is named after a planet of the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst. Wikipedia The Planets - Mars       Music The Planets - Jupiter    Music   Masquerade was written in 1941 by Aram Khachaturian as incidental music for a production of the play of the same name by Russian poet and… read more about DUSS - Youth Symphony - Fall 2018 Music »

Dear Youth Symphony Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the YS.  Applicants will be judged by their musicality, steady tempo, solid intonation, rhythm, posture, and technique. Throughout the year, leaders need to abide by the attendance policy and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and behavior.  Please look for an email in your inbox with a Sign-Up Genius link to pick a time for an… read more about 2018 YS Leadership Audition Pieces »

This upcoming weekend is our concert weekend! Please note: Our Saturday May 5th rehearsal will take place at our usual time, but will take place at: East Chapel Hill High School (Band Room)500 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514  Go in main entrance road of the school. Turn right at first road (very soon).  Follow that road around to the back of the school. USE CARE OVER THE SPEED BUMPS!!! Park at the back of the school near the football stadium and practice field. The entrance is… read more about May 6th Concert Weekend Info »

The sectionals will take place during our regular rehearsal time, so please come to rehearsal as usual at 10.00am. Sectional Time: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm We are so excited to have wonderful sectional coaches: Violin 1: with Shelley Livingston, Room 041 Violin 2: with Sara Moore, Room 104 (inside players please bring Your music stands from Bone Hall and then return it after the Sectional back to Bone Hall) Viola: with Maria Valencia, Room 069 Cello & Bass: with Cody Rex, Room 086 (inside Cello players… read more about Sectionals Info for April 14th, 2018 »

  Watch the video of our Spring March 10th 2018 concert, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University   read more about Youth Symphony Spring Concert 2018 Video »

Romeo and Juliet, a 1968 British-Italian romantic drama film directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, based on the play of the same name (1591–1595) by William Shakespeare.   read more about Music for Romeo & Juliet's "A Time for Us" by Nino Rota, Arr. by Rubén Flóres »

Although styled an 'Overture-Fantasy' by the composer, the overall design is a symphonic poem in sonata form with an introduction and an epilogue. The work is based on three main strands of the Shakespeare story. Download(s): Bass Cello Viola Violin 2 Violin 1 Bassoon 2 Bassoon 1 Clarintet 1 Clarinet 2 Cymbals and Bass Drum English Horn Flute 1 Flute 2 Harp Horn 1 Horn 2 Horn 3 Horn 4 Oboe 1 Oboe 2 Piccolo Timpani Trombone 1 Trombone 2 Trombone 3 Trumpet 1 Trumpet 2 Tuba read more about Music for Tchaikovsky's Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'  »

Download(s): Flute 1 Flute 2 Oboe 1 Oboe 2 Clarinet 1 in Bb Clarinet 2 in Bb Bassoon 1 Bassoon 2 Horn 1 in F Horn 2 in F Horn 3 in F Horn 4 in F Trumpet 1 in Bb Trumpet 2 in Bb Trumpet 3 in Bb Tuba Timpani & Percussion Harp Piano E-Guitar Strings - Bass Strings - Cello Strings - Viola Strings - Violin 2 Strings - Violin 1 Trombone 1 Trombone 2 Trombone 3 20-21-Timpani&Percussion-rescanned   read more about Music for Leonard Bernstein's Overture to West Side Story  »

This is our concert weekend, and our next rehearsal will be this Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. All musicians please arrive at 10.00am, so you have enough time to unpack and tune. Our Saturday rehearsal time is as always 10:15 am-12:15 pm in Bone Hall.  Our dress rehearsal will take place on Sunday, March 4th from 1.45pm until 3pm at Baldwin Auditorium. All symphony members must attend the full dress rehearsal. String students need to be in Baldwin Auditorium NO LATER than 1:30pm to warm up and tune. Wind and Brass should be… read more about March 4th Concert Weekend Information »