South Carolina Philharmonic


January 23, 2013

Youth Orchestras prep for Feb. 10 concert

More than 200 of the Midlands’ best young instrumentalists take to the Koger Center stage at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 for the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras’ next concert.

The audience can expect an afternoon of meticulously rehearsed favorites from the Youth Orchestras program’s three ensembles: the Strings, Repertory, and Youth orchestras. 

As a bonus, South Carolina Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara makes a special appearance to conduct the combined orchestras as they play Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever at the end of the concert.

Works by composers Gershwin, Bruch, Copland, Mozart, and Mussorgsky are on the concert program. Concerto competition winners Maria Nyikos, horn, and Zachary Patton, cello, members of the Youth orchestra, will be featured as guest soloists for concerti featuring their instruments when their ensemble performs.

Tickets for the Youth Orchestras concert are available the day of the concert only from 2:30 p.m. in the Koger Center lobby. Seating is general admission, and tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.


Founded in 1964, the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras (SCPYO) offer exceptional orchestral playing experience for young people throughout the Midlands. Each year more than 200 students participate in three orchestras, comprised of the very best student musicians. Membership in the SCP Youth Orchestras program is open to students throughout the state, ages 8 through high school, on an auditioned basis.

The SCPYO offers three competitive ensembles for players of different abilities:
  • The String Orchestra, conducted by Nicole Neely, is designed for strings students with limited orchestral experience who want to improve their skills. 
  • The Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Andrew C. Preston, Jr., is the SCPYO’s intermediate orchestra. This full orchestra performs unabridged pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire, as well as some advanced level arrangements. 
  • The Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Jerry Gatch, is the SCPYO’s most advanced full-orchestra, The Youth Orchestra performs professional-level repertoire and frequently presents side-by-side concerts with the SCP.
More information about the SCPYO is available here.

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