North Carolina Symphony Holds Auditions for Second Young All-Stars Orchestra | Oct 9

Two High School Chamber Orchestras to be Formed in Partnership with Triangle Philharmonic Association

Grant Llewellyn North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn

The North Carolina Symphony is now taking applications to audition for the 2010/11 Young All-Stars Orchestras. The exclusive chamber orchestras for advanced high school musicians are led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn in partnership with the Triangle’s Philharmonic Association. Accepted students will participate in a week of intensive rehearsals with Maestro Llewellyn and intimate sectional rehearsals with North Carolina Symphony musicians before a final public performance.

Two orchestras will be formed this concert season, the first offering a winter performance in Meymandi Concert Hall on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. The final program will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward’s Symphony No. 3 and close with Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony, No. 35.

The Philharmonic Association

The spring orchestra will perform in Edenton Street United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. The church’s organist, Josh Dumbleton, will perform Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Young All-Stars. The spring program will also include the music of Haydn and Mozart.

“The rehearsal schedule and concert repertoire is intended to emulate that of the North Carolina Symphony,” says Education Manager Jessica Nalbone. “The musicians who are selected will be challenged to hold themselves to the same expectations as professionals. This is a truly unique opportunity for talented young instrumentalists to work at the highest level.”

Young All-Stars concert programs are carefully designed to offer young talent the opportunity to perform in new settings, debut compositions, work with distinguished composers or soloists and learn musical works outside of the standard youth orchestra repertoire. The program follows on the success of the 2009-10 Young All-Stars Orchestra, which performed twice last season.

Audition Information

North Carolina high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to participate in the auditions at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Auditions for the winter orchestra will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9. Auditions for the spring orchestra will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

If accepted, a participation fee of $50 is required for each orchestra; scholarships may be available. The audition application, full schedule and a detailed description of requirements can be found at

Questions about the Young All-Stars Orchestra can be directed to North Carolina Symphony Education Manager Jessica Nalbone at 919.789.5461 or

For more information on the North Carolina Symphony, visit

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