South Carolina Philharmonic


October 28, 2013

Youth Orchestras make 13/14 debut

More than 200 of the Midlands’ best young instrumentalists take to the Koger Center stage 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 for the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras’ first 2013/2014 concert.

The audience can expect an afternoon of meticulously rehearsed favorites from the Youth Orchestra program’s three ensembles: the Strings, Repertory, and Youth orchestras. Composers Bach, Brahms, Handel, Rossini, and Verdi are among others represented on the program. 

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 Strings 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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