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The Upper Valley Music Center offers orchestras for all ages and ability levels. From Orchestra Explorers for beginning readers to the Vivace Orchestra, the Advanced Performance String Ensemble and UVMC Chamber Orchestra, we've got an ensemble to fit every player. 

Unsure of where you fit in? Give us a call and we'll help you find an ensemble that is adequately challenging and fun for your ability level.

Read more about each ensemble in our 2018-19 Course Catalog.

Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra

Youth Orchestra Program

 Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra

New members welcome, especially violinists!
Contact info@uvmusic.org to enroll.

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The Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra, a program of the Upper Valley Music Center, was launched in the spring of 1997. When David Wysocki took over the podium in 2008, he and the players agreed to prepare at least one public performance each season. Concerts were inaugurated in 2010 and have continued to the present. Music is chosen to fit the personnel of the ensemble, with professional musicians occasionally joining the orchestra to fill out a section or perform as soloists. Mark Nelson
has been named the new conductor after David Wysocki stepped down in the fall of 2017.

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The repertoire is intermediate/advanced and emphasizes orchestral masterpieces of the 18th and 19th centuries. The orchestra makes an effort to accommodate all qualified instrumentalists; at present, violinists are particularly encouraged to apply. Players of all ages are welcome. No auditions are required; the atmosphere is collegial and supportive. Prospective new players are encouraged to contact the office with questions and we can put you in touch with the conductor: info@uvmusic.org.

In lieu of regular tuition, the Music Center charges a membership fee of $
100, which entitles a player to join the orchestra for all or part of the yearlong season. To help meet expenses, players are encouraged to contribute according to their means.

The ensemble meets each Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a two-hour rehearsal. Each session runs for ten weeks, the fall session September - December, the spring session January - March. The summer session, with a guest conductor, meets for six weeks in June and July. Rehearsals are held in the music room of the Lebanon Middle School. For directions to the school, email info@uvmusic.org; for the passcode (needed to open the Middle School back door), phone Ruth Sylvester at (802) 785-4247.

The Music Center follows the Lebanon school district in declaring snow days and provides make-up sessions for rehearsal dates missed on this account. UVMC also maintains a list of all current players’ email addresses for direct notification in case of cancellations; cancellations are also posted on the UVMC homepage.


Youth Orchestra Program
From your first notes to advanced ensemble playing, there’s a spot in the orchestra for you. At each ensemble level, students tackle new skills in making music together - from reading notes and finding rehearsal letters, to communicating across the ensemble, blending sound and matching articulations. At advanced levels students work with guest clinicians in sectionals and master classes and have the option to add chamber music and theory classes. A teacher recommendation and/or placement audition is required for all ensembles. For information on placement, please read Placement and Audition Requirements at www.uvmusic.org or contact info@uvmusic.org.

Orchestra Explorers
Build your note reading skills in a fun group setting. Orchestra Explorers is for string students who are just starting to read music, designed as a supplement to their lesson note reading in a group setting. Students will develop fundamental orchestral skills such as following a conductor, reading music in a group, creating a group sound, and rehearsal vocabulary. (Bass, cello, viola, violin; Suzuki late Book 1 or equivalent; Ages 6 and up; 10 weeks)
Tuesdays 4:50 - 5:35 pm; Fall: Sept 11 - Nov 13; Spring: Jan 29 - Apr 9    
Faculty: Nic Zannoni; Minimum Enrollment: 4     

Join fellow string players for a supportive and exciting beginning string orchestra experience. Students will learn how to play in a section, holding their own on a part that is rhythmically & melodically different than other parts of the ensemble. Sinfonia is for string students who can read notes in first position on all 4 strings of their instrument and play at a Suzuki book 2-3 level or equivalent (keys of A, D, G, Bb, D min, and A min). (Bass, cello, viola, violin; Suzuki Book 2-3 or equivalent; Ages 6 and up; 10 weeks)

Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:15 pm; Fall: Sept 12 - Nov 14; Spring: Jan 30 - Apr 10
Faculty: Nic Zannoni; Minimum Enrollment: 6

Vivace Orchestra
Learn orchestral literature and enjoy performance opportunities with this fun and educational orchestra for strings, winds and brass. Students will learn to create dynamic contrasts, shape phrases, understand how different parts work together to create the whole piece, and how to build a group sound.

Play and read comfortably in the keys of C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, D min, A min and G min. (Strings, Winds and Brass; Strings: Suzuki Book 4-6 or equivalent; Ages 8 and up; 13 Weeks)

Mondays 4:45 - 5:45 pm; Fall: Sept. 10 - Dec. 10; Spring: Feb 4  - May 13   
Faculty: Mark Nelson; Minimum Enrollment: 7   

Advanced Performance String Ensemble and Studio Class

For advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass students with a high level of commitment, the Advanced Performance String Ensemble and Studio Class offers a chance to develop ensemble and solo skills at a high level.  The Advanced Performance String Ensemble is a conductorless chamber orchestra based on the model of the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. With this model, members of the ensemble are equally responsible for leading and following; they must communicate with each other to shape the music. The skills they develop in this way form the basis of excellence in ensemble playing at the highest levels. In addition to communication skills, other key ensemble skills include blending sound, matching articulations, and voicing. This ensemble performs multiple times throughout the year and requires a full year commitment from participants.

In the studio class portion, students perform for each other, practice giving and receiving constructive feedback, and develop stage presence and performance skills. Regular solo performance practice helps students become confident performers in concerts and auditions. Piano accompaniment is provided at every class.

While this ensemble and studio class is the culmination of the Suzuki group class program, non-Suzuki students of the appropriate level are welcome. Audition required for all participants. (Bass, cello, viola, and violin; Suzuki Book 6 & higher or equivalent; Ages 11 and up; 28 weeks plus concerts)

Wednesdays: 6:30 - 8:15 pm; Full year: Sept. 12 - May 15 plus concerts       
Faculty: Alicia Casey; Minimum Enrollment: 6