Colorado Springs Youth Symphony
Rehearses: Mondays, 6:15-8:45 p.m.
The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony is the most advanced full orchestra and is the flagship of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association. Students in this group participate in a three-day camp during the summer and a 2-4 day tour to other parts of Colorado and surrounding states in odd numbered years. In even numbered years they participate in an international tour. In June 2012, they will travel to Bulgaria and Istanbul, Turkey, a 20-day tour, including participation in the Varna International Music Academy.
In 2008, the Youth Symphony had the privilege of touring China and performing in the magnificent Shanghai Oriental Art Center. In 2010 and 2006, the Youth Symphony traveled to Australia for 18 days, performing at several sites, including the Sydney Opera House. The 2004 tour destination was Spain. Previous international tours have included Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Europe.
In July of 2000, in Vienna, Austria, the Youth Symphony was awarded first prize at the prestigious International Youth Music Festival, which included orchestras from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and North America. A particular honor for the Youth Symphony was an invitation to perform the grand finale at the close of the International Youth Music Festival under the direction of Lt. Col. G. E. Evans, OBE, Music Director of the British Army and Chairman of the Jury of the Youth Music Festival.
The Youth Symphony performs four main concerts during its season, two of which are presented at the Pikes Peak Center. This orchestra has occasional opportunities to perform in special events in collaboration the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, and many community events that occur within the Pikes Peak region.
Placement in this orchestra is by audition and is based on ability, not age. Gary Nicholson is the conductor.