The Helena Youth Orchestra is halfway through its 2018-2019 season and enjoying great success with both new and established ensembles.

Full Orchestra – 3:30-4:30 pm, Fridays in the C.R. Anderson Middle School Orchestra Room

The Full Orchestra continues to be our anchor ensemble. It is open to students of all ages and ability levels as long as they are willing to practice and attend rehearsals. The time was adjusted to allow high school students access to the majority of each rehearsal.

This ensemble plays repertoire for string orchestra, but it also performs a variety of symphonic orchestral works that include winds, percussion, and even choir.

Camerata Orchestra – 4:30-5:30 pm, Fridays in the C.R. Anderson Middle School Orchestra Room

With more students staying involved in HYO past middle school (many of they with extensive playing experience), there is a clear need to provide additional challenges at the high school level. This ensemble is open to all high school students who would like an extra challenge, and is open by audition to younger players. The rehearsal time elides with Full Orchestra so students can continue to be involved as mentors to their younger aged peers.

This ensemble plays advanced repertoire for string orchestra and other chamber music by established composers.