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Youth Soloist Competition Audition Information

Advanced student performers audition for the opportunity to take the stage as a soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra during the Family Discovery Concert Series. In 2016-17, the Youth Soloist performance will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Chenery Auditorium. Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Miller Auditorium. Application and application fees are due by Friday, October 21, 2016.

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2016-17 Youth Soloist Competition Flyer

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Young MusiciansScholarships for Private Lessons

Three scholarships are provided to students with financial need each year through the support of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League. One of the three scholarships is designated for a student with a physical disability. Once a student is designated as a scholarship recipient, the award is provided annually until the student graduates from high school or discontinues lessons. The application form will be posted when an opening is available. Area music teachers will be notified of the availability directly.

Private Lessons with KSO Artists in Residence at Crescendo Academy of Music

KSO and CAM partner to make professional orchestra musicians available as instructors for students in the community. Many KSO musicians, including KSO Artists in Residence, serve on the CAM faculty. Visit Crescendo's website or call (269) 345-6664 for availability and scheduling.

Student Performers Showcase

Area schools are invited to showcase their instrumental programs for KSO audiences. Small ensembles perform in the lobby as patrons arrive for a concert. Students receive complimentary tickets to attend the evening's concert. Contact us for available dates and to register.

Professional Training Programs for College Students

Master Classes and Artist Presentations

Selected KSO guest artists will offer master classes and workshops for students at WMU, K-College, and other area school and community music programs.

WMU Artist Scholars

KSO offers scholarships to outstanding WMU string students performing at a professional level. Students are recommended by WMU string faculty in consultation with KSO Music Director Raymond Harvey. Those students join the KSO violin and viola sections for the season.

Arts Administration Internships

Volunteer internships are an opportunity to explore and observe the inner workings of a nonprofit arts organization by assisting with projects in the Education, Development, Marketing/Public Relations and Operations departments. Contact the KSO Education Department for more information.