Hopewell Valley Youth Orchestra
The Hopewell Valley Youth Orchestra is an ensemble created to help young musicians continue to develop their skills in a community environment. Its mission is twofold:
The ensemble is under the direction of Sean Ryan.
Members are not required to audition for entrance into this ensemble. All competent musicians age 8-13 years old are eligible to join. Instrumentation is standard pops orchestra, including all standard orchestral woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings, plus rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, drum set).
The ensemble rehearses Sunday evenings from 6-7pm in Hopewell Borough. Specific information for the group is distributed in the form of a syllabus at the first rehearsal each season.
The age cutoff date for this ensemble is February 1. A member who is 13 years old on February 1 is considered to be in his/her final year of eligibility for this group.
Members who are in their final year of eligibility for this ensemble may play in both the Youth Orchestra and the Pops Orchestra. However, members must partake in both ensembles and may not "age out" in order to participate in only the Pops Orchestra. Exemptions to these rules must be cleared by both the Musical Director and the Executive Director.