Junior Orchestra

Junior Orchestra

Grades 6-8

The Junior Orchestra (JO) provides exposure to full orchestra training for 70-90 dedicated middle-school string, woodwind, brass and percussion players from across the Albuquerque area. The Junior Orchestra performs exciting symphonic literature, while focusing on developing a united symphonic sound and developing more advanced technical skills.

WEEKLY REHEARSALS: Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm (unless otherwise noted) at the AYSP Facility

CONCERTS: The Junior Orchestra gives three performances each season – an informal concert at a public school in early December (a “School Tour”), a formal concert in December at an APS Performing Arts Center, and a formal concert in April or early May at Popejoy Hall. These three performances, along with associated dress rehearsals, are mandatory for all members of the Junior Orchestra.

SCHOOL TOURS: The Junior Orchestra performs annually in early December at a public school in the Albuquerque area as part of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program’s School Tours. The host school offers one or more assemblies in the morning (usually between 7am-12pm) for their students, during which the Junior Orchestra performs several pieces and students at the host school learn about classical and symphonic music. Junior Orchestra students enrolled in APS schools are excused from classes on the morning of their School Tour. Parents bring their students to the host school and pick them up.

JO Co-Conductor

Bill Austell

William Austell graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana with a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree.

JO Co-Conductor

Marie Robertson

Marie Robertson has been the Co-Conductor of the Albuquerque Junior Orchestra for twelve years. Marie is an alumna of the AYS Program, and was a concerto winner during her senior year.