NH Youth Orchestras
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The UNH Youth Symphony Orchestra program is offered by the UNH Music Department in Durham. It is designed for students from grades 4 to 12, with exceptionally strong younger students admitted on a case-by-case basis. Students meet for 75-90 minute rehearsals on Sunday evenings, in age- and ability-grouped ensembles, and give two performances a year. The youth orchestras are led by Dr. David Upham, with assistance from UNH string music education students. If you would like more information about the UNH Youth Orchestras, please visit their website at cola.unh.edu/music/program/unhyso, or contact David Upham via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Manchester Community Music School's NH Youth String Preparatory Ensemble:
This ensemble is the perfect first step to orchestral playing. It is designed for students in grades 5–8  with at least one year playing experience, no audition is required.
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Students learn how to follow a conductor and play with a string section. Students gain an understanding of playing in tune, mastering melodic and harmonic balance, interpretation of dynamics, tempo and performance etiquette. Deborah Markow leads this ensemble through a progression of repertoire to engage and challenge young players. Ensemble repertoire is tailored to meet the needs of each player while providing the opportunity to gain experience in ensemble playing and improving individual
playing skill. Students gain an appreciation for both classical and contemporary music. Past repertoire includes works by Sibelius, Mozart and Haydn. For more information, please visit our website: mcmusicschool.org

Mountain Top Music's Youth Ensemble:
Ellen Schwindt leads a youth ensemble for players aged 8-14 who have at least one year's experience on their instruments. The group meets weekly on Thursday afternoons at 5:30 at Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, NH. The cost is $10/week or $130 for the fall semester and $180 for the spring semester. Ensemble participation is free to students taking private lessons at Mountain Top Music Center. Some ensembles take place which require only 3-4 rehearsals before a concert. Please call Mountain Top Music Center for more information and for upcoming concert dates. 603-447-4737.


The New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble, under the direction of Ellen Carlson, is a training orchestra that teaches all the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. The orchestra is open to musicians of all ages and last year we had over 50 participants ages 8 to 80. We will work on fiddle tunes and sung songs of many styles: American, Irish, Scottish, Swing, Folk, Bluegrass, etc. Music will be available as well as on CDs for those people who play by ear. For the younger musicians we will have a Children's Group for kids 8 to 13. Everyone is expected to be at rehearsals and must be committed to practicing their parts on their own. 
Rehearsals start soon in Tilton, Exeter, Conway, and Somersworth. People can join up to January, and a Goffstown location will be added. The Ensemble is also open to all ACOUSTIC Instruments and vocalists - guitars, mandolins, etc. very much welcome and needed!! Click here for more information:


BOW STREET STRING ENSEMBLES at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, Portsmouth, NH

PMAC is the proud home of the Bow Street Strings Ensembles - The Bow Street Junior Ensemble, led by Lynne White McMahon and the Bow Street Youth Orchestra, led by Augusto Salazar. Join this unique program where students for all around the seacoast play a variety of classical and contemporary music.


Bow Street Junior Ensemble

The Bow Street Junior Ensemble is for beginning to early-intermediate string students who have studied their instrument for at least one year and are comfortable reading music. This is a fun and supportive ensemble led by Lynne White McMahon and is ideal for young students.

For String Students, late beginner to intermediate, ages 8 to 14
Instructor: Lynne White McMahon
Saturday Mornings: 9:30-11:00am


Bow Street Youth Orchestra

The Bow Street Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Augusto Salazar, is open to intermediate and advanced students who have had substantial experience playing in ensembles and are ready for challenging repertoire. Primarily a chamber orchestra for strings, other instrumentalists are welcome to audition for the ensemble, and may be called upon, depending on ensemble needs.

For String, Woodwind and Concert Percussion, intermediate to early advanced, ages 12 to 18
Instructor: Augusto Salazar
Saturday Mornings: 9:30am-12noon

The website address is www.pmaconline.com for more information and registration.



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