Young Artist Orchestra



he Young Artist Orchestra, the most advanced ensemble of the five Greenville County Youth Orchestras, is comprised of the most skilled, talented, and experienced high school musicians in the Upstate. It is also the Orchestra-In-Residence at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center. Though most members are high school aged, the YAO will also admit exceptional middle school musicians.

Members of YAO receive a near professional orchestra experience. Repertoire includes standard orchestral masterworks as well as contemporary compositions. Most performances take place at the Peace Center for Performing Arts where students experience performing in a professional venue. Our new conductor and artistic director, Ms. Emily Schaad brings her experience as a professional, performing musician and music educator to the rehearsal and performance process.

YAO begins each year with "blitz week", a series of 3 rehearsals during the first week of school. For the remainder of the year, regular rehearsal will be held on Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 at the Fine Arts Center. Members of the Young Artist Orchestra are expected to pay a $225.00 participation fee at the beginning of the year.

YAO Members Are:
  • High School Students

    YAO members are frequently high school students, or are younger students with exceptional talent and ability on their instruments.

  • Orchestral Repertoire Grade V-VI

    YAO members are capable of learning orchestral repertoire Grade V-VI in difficulty, as well as less "difficult" repertoire whose performance requires musical maturity and subtlety.

    Recent repertoire performed:

    Gabriel Fauré
    • Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
    • Masques et Bergamasques

    Edward Elgar
    • Concerto for Violoncello in E Minor

    Carl Reinecke
    • Concerto, Flute, op.283, D Major

    Nicolò Paganini
    • Violin Concerto No.1

    Felix Mendelssohn:
    • Symphony No. 5 “Reformation”
    • Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor

    Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Symphony No.100 in G Major “Military”

    Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Variations on a Rococo Theme, op.33 

    Alexander Borodin
    • Symphony No.3, A minor

    Franz Liszt
    • Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major

    Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Symphony No. 5 in c minor
    • Symphony No. 2 in D Major

    Aaron Copland
    • Appalachian Spring: Suite

    Henri Vieuxtemps
    • Violin Concerto No.5, op.37 in A minor

  • Skilled String Players

    YAO members are string players who are skilled in the upper positions of their instruments and in the application of détaché, martelé, brush and spiccato, louré and other bow styles.

  • Skilled Winds & Brass Players

    YAO members are winds & brass players who have a comprehensive command of the style, articulation, tone production, and expression associated with their individual instrument.

  • Attend Private Lessons

    YAO members have taken private studio lessons for three or more years.

Audition Requirements