Conroe Symphony Orchestra

Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO)

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2018-2019 Class Schedule

All CSYO groups meet on Sunday afternoons at the Conroe Symphony building, 1500 N. Frazier, Conroe.

Rehearsals begin on September 9, 2018 and continue through May 12, 2019.

  • Beginning I Orchestra:  3 – 3:45PM
  • Beginning II Orchestra:  3:45 – 4:30PM
  • Intermediate Orchestra:  4:30 – 5:15PM
  • Advanced Orchestra:  5:15 – 6PM

 

About the CSYO

The purpose of the Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is to offer young musicians in the Montgomery County area music instruction that is challenging, fun, and affordable. The CSYO welcomes members from all area school districts and home-school students who play the violin, viola, cello, bass, or flute.

Students are expected to supply their own instruments for all CSYO programs. Instruments may be rented or purchased from local music retailers.

List of Suggested Instrument Vendors

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Ensembles and Placement

The Conroe Youth Symphony Orchestra program offers 3 levels of ensembles for musicians in elementary through high school. Placement in ensembles is based on playing ability, not age. There is no formal audition, however, students will be asked to demonstrate their abilities for placement purposes. The following document is a general guideline for ensemble placement criteria:

CSYO Ensemble Placement Criteria [coming soon]

Note: Because the CSYO does not limit the number of students that may participate, ensembles and levels may be further divided as enrollment changes. 

Beginning I Orchestra

The beginning orchestra program offers basic instruction in playing, posture, note reading, and ensemble playing. The beginning ensemble performs music that is graded 0-1, which corresponds to basic orchestra instruction at the 5th grade level (Intermediate School). This ensemble is perfect for:

  • Homeschool or elementary students looking to begin orchestra study
  • Beginning orchestra students who want additional instruction or ensemble experience
  • Older beginners who want to gain late entry into their school orchestra programs

Beginning II Orchestra

The beginning orchestra program offers progressive instruction in playing, posture, note reading, and ensemble playing. The beginning ensemble performs music that is graded 1-1.5, which corresponds to basic orchestra instruction at the 6th-grade levels (Intermediate School). This ensemble is perfect for:

  • Homeschool or elementary students looking to continue their orchestra study
  • 6th Grade students who want additional instruction or ensemble experience
  • Older beginners who want to gain late entry into their school orchestra programs

Intermediate Orchestra

The Intermediate Orchestra Program provides continuing education for players with established playing skills. The beginning ensemble performs music that is graded 2-3, which corresponds to students in grades 7-8 (Junior High School). This ensemble is perfect for:

  • Younger students seeking to further develop their established playing skills
  • Junior High School Students who want additional instruction or ensemble experience
  • Older students who want to gain late entry into their school orchestra programs

Advanced Orchestra

The Advanced Orchestra Program provides continuing education for players with advanced playing skills, playing music graded 3 and higher, and corresponding to students in grades 9-12 (High School). This ensemble is perfect for:

  • Younger students seeking to further develop their advanced playing skills
  • High School Students who want additional instruction or ensemble experience
  • College-bound musicians seeking additional playing experience.

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CSYO Staff

Alfredo “Freddy” Olivera de la Vega

Hailing from Argentina, Freddy has been studying music since he was twelve years of age, participating in classical guitar duets, rock band, violin ensembles, symphony orchestras and performing a variety of music styles (rock & roll, heavy metal, blues, Celtic, country, folk, and of course, classical) on various instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, classical and electric guitar, piano).  He came to Texas in 2002 and has since been composing, teaching and performing tirelessly.

Loren Zawodny

Loren Zawodny is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from Conroe. He performs with the Montgomery County Choral Society and Conroe Symphony Orchestra and is sought-after as a soloist and chamber musician. An experienced educator, Zawodny is an Orchestra Teacher at Mitchell Intermediate School in The Woodlands and teaches beginning strings with the Conroe Youth Symphony Orchestra program.

Stephanie Harris

Information coming soon!

Nancy Johnson

Information coming soon!

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition for the 2018-2019 CSYO is $300 for the full season or $150 for each semester.  Payment Plans are available.  Accepted forms of payment include cash, checks, money orders, VISA and MasterCard.

Financial Aid

The Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra strives to include all young musicians wanting to achieve higher musicianship regardless of their financial situation.  Because of this, we offer assistance to those in need. Anyone wishing to apply for aid will be asked to fill out a financial aid packet and provide a copy of their most recent Federal Income Tax Return.

For more information about the Conroe Symphony Youth Orchestra, please contact:  csoyouth@yahoo.com

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How to Register

The registration process for the CSYO is “low-tech.” Students will need to fill out the registration form and pay the tuition (cash, check, or credit card). This can be done in-person or by calling or emailing the CSO office: 936-760-2144 or csoyouth@yahoo.com.

2017-2018 CSYO Application Form

2017-2018 CSYO Ensemble Schedule

2017-2018 CSYO Poster

The Conroe Symphony Orchestra

The CSO is a community orchestra comprised of committed professional musicians and talented amateur musicians from the Conroe and surrounding areas. Our vision is to “be recognized as one of the outstanding community orchestras in the State of Texas.”

1500 N. Frazier Street
Conroe, Texas 77301
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