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Youth Ensembles

From your first notes to advanced ensemble playing, there’s a spot in the orchestra for you.

Introduce your young musician to the joys of making music as an ensemble.

youth ensemble with flute and violin
youth orchestra

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 course descriptions or contact

Students enrolled in a full term of lessons at UVMC receive a 50% discount on beginner orchestras (Orchestra Explorers and Synfonia).

Youth Ensemble Programs

student violinists with conductor

Note Reading Explorers

Spring 2022: February 7-June 6
Fall 2021: September 20-January 17
Violins: Mondays 5-5:45 pm
Violas & Cellos: Mondays 4-4:45 pm

Boost your music-reading skills in a fun environment with other students.

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young chamber ensemble on violin and cello


Fall 2021: September 20-January 17
Mondays 4-4:45 pm
Spring 2022: February 7-June 6
UVMC Elgar Room

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.

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Violins Performing

Tour Group

2021-22: September 20-May 23
Monday 6-6:45 pm
First Congregational Church, Lebanon

Tour Group is a conductorless chamber ensemble for highly committed violin & viola students.

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Four teenage violinists developing ensemble skills

Advanced Performance String Ensemble

On hiatus for 2021-22 Season

For advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass students ages 11 and up with a high level of commitment, APSE offers a chance to develop ensemble and solo skills at a high level.

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Mark Nelson conducts yough ensemble performance

Vivace Orchestra

On hiatus for the 2021-22 season

Students 8 and up 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.

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young students perform in an orchestra

Orchestra Explorers

On hiatus for 2021-22; check out Note Reading Explorers for beginners!

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.

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