For specific orchestra policies (Eg. Attendance, Concert Dress, etc.), please review the handbook, also available under Orchestra Policies.
Orchestra Times and Location:
The MAYS meets in both Lake County and in Orlando.
The Symphony, Repertory, Intermezzo, and Concertino Orlando groups meet First Presbyterian Church of Orlando every Sunday afternoon during the MAYS Season.
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
106 East Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801
MAYS Lake County:
The Chamber Symphony, Lyric Consort, Concertino, and String Explorers meet at Lake Sumter Community College, Leesburg every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Lake Sumter Community College, Leesburg
9501 US Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
String Explorers 5:30-6:15pm
Lyric Consort 5:30-6:30pm
Chamber Symphony 7:00-8:00pm
Symphony (MAYS Orlando)—The Symphony is the MAYS’ most advanced full orchestra ensemble. This top-level group rehearses and performs a vast array of standard orchestral repertoire, and is continually challenged to reach for the finest in orchestral performance. Being a member of the Symphony indicates a high level of technique and musicianship, and this group focuses on understanding the depth and nuances of music, like color, tonal quality, and interpretation.
Chamber Symphony (MAYS Lake County)—The foundation of this select group is made of the most experienced strings students. Other musical instrumentation is added to complement the selections being performed, and professional guest artists are often featured. The Chamber Symphony indicates a serious level of skill and dedication, and requires a focused attention to detail.
Repertory Orchestra (MAYS Orlando)—The Repertory Orchestra provides the essential opportunity for young musicians to grow and develop their musical skills in the full orchestra setting. In the Repertory Orchestra, students are taught skills to refine their orchestral playing skills, abilities that include listening, adjusting, and learning to play in a large ensemble. This orchestra is designed to nourish the musical abilities of students, and help them develop skills to play in an ensemble reading off larger scores and with new sounds.
Lyric Consort (MAYS Lake County) –The Lyric Consort is for students at the advanced-beginning to the intermediate performance levels. This ensemble provides a chamber setting for young string musicians to develop their ability to play with other string instruments, requiring a focused attention on tone, intonation, bow control and other aspects of string playing. This ensemble is for the serious string player, and provides the opportunity for strong development as a string musician. Repertoire is chosen to specifically improved technique and to promote music appreciation.
Intermezzo (MAYS Orlando)—The Intermezzo is a group designed to take on the great works for string orchestra. This intermediate to advanced ensemble provides a chamber setting for young string musicians to develop their ability to play with other string instruments, requiring a focused attention on tone, intonation, bow control and other aspects of string playing. This ensemble is for the serious string player, and provides the opportunity for strong development as a string musician.
Concertino Orlando (MAYS Orlando)—The Concertino Orlando is an entry-level group for beginning string players and has been developed to help the budding string musicians learn to listen and play music with other string players. This ensemble provides students with the opportunity to work closely with peers and instructors to learn the first levels of playing together and mastering the string instruments.
Concertino Lake County (MAYS Lake County)-- The Concertino Lake County is an entry-level group for beginning string players ages 9 and older and has been developed to help the budding string musicians learn to listen and play music with other string players. This ensemble provides students with the opportunity to work closely with peers and instructors to learn the first levels of playing together and mastering the string instruments.
String Explorers (MAYS Lake County)—A place for beginning musicians ages 5 to 8. In the String Explorers, students learn the essentials of strings playing for the first time. Students work on techniques like how to play a string instrument, read music, and play in an ensemble. Emphasis is placed on instructing the new musician with basic techniques and fundamentals while learning to play in an ensemble.
Prices and Payment:
Tuition for Orchestras and Ensembles is $450.00 for the season. Parents can pay online or by check by paying tuition all at once or in payments. Please review the payment options to make payment arrangements.
Summer Camp tuition is $225.00.
Students enrolled in Summer Camp receive a $50 credit toward our 2012-2013 Season.
Theory and Composition Classes:
Sign up for Theory and Composition Classes.
Performing great music is not our only goal at the MAYS. We also want our members to grow in their understanding of what makes the music great. Studying music theory is one way to think about music, exploring how it’s put together, and what makes it tick. As you study music theory you will build a working vocabulary that will allow you to understand the music you play at a deeper, more profound level.
Theory and Composition classes are scheduled Sunday afternoons at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando for students at all levels. Music Theory is taught by composer and conductor Mr. Greg Barker.
Music Theory Classes are offered for $10.00 per class, payable by semester directly to Mr. Greg Barker.
To participate, sign up as an individual or as a group
We'll help you set up a group with standard instrumentation:
Musicianship + Personality + Schedule + Commitment = Success!
All chamber groups have to opportunity to perform at a MAYS recital
Workshops and Master Classes:
The MAYS prides itself on having comprehensive music education opportunities for all students. The Workshop series features diverse topics varying from how an instrument is made, the college admissions process, to Music Therapy, and much more.
Workshops are free as a member of the MAYS and are posted on the calendar.
Master Classes offer students the chance to work with experts in the field. During a master class, students perform a prepared piece for a teacher and essentially have an open lesson where other students can listen in and gain from the experience. This is a valuable experience for both a performing student and those listening.
Master Classes are posted on the MAYS calendar.
Sign up to play on a MAYS recital.
MAYS recitals feature MAYS Chamber Ensembles and emerging soloists.
Our recitals not only give students the opportunity to hear live music performed, but also provides an opportunity for students to perform.
This exchange fosters relationships between audiences and performers, and provides the members of the MAYS with exposure to vital and vast works of music.
Recitals are one-day special events, and upcoming workshops and recitals are posted on our calendar regularly.
Student recitals are free to the public, and professional recitals will vary in ticket price.
Emily May Costa, Program Manager
Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony
P.O. Box 2055