Since 2002, the Aiken Center for the Arts has supported the development of the Aiken Youth Orchestra (AYO), which gives over 50 area students the opportunity to participate in a strings and orchestral program.
Aiken Youth Orchestra Auditions are held twice per year with the program expanding to include many different instruments. Many of the Aiken Youth Orchestra’s participants continue their musical careers in college and beyond. All are welcome to audition with a minimum of one year experience on strings. Woodwind, brass and percussion must be at high school level. Orchestras meet one evening a week during the school year, at the Arts Center.
Concerts are held several times per year. Special appearances have been made at Hopeland Gardens during their free summer concert series, the Etherredge Center prior to the Symphony Augusta performances, Redcliffe Plantation and at various other community events. The season concludes with a concert at the Arts Center.
This year the orchestras will be under the direction of Adam DePriest and Angela Shaw. Mr. DePriest holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and a second Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting. He is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Aiken Civic Orchestra. Mr. DePriest was a member of the Aiken Youth Orchestra from 2002 through 2007. He also teaches strings instruments throughout the CSRA. Ms. Shaw holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education and teaches strings in the Aiken-Augusta area. Both instructors have extensive performance experience.
All are welcome to audition with a minimum of one year experience on strings. Call our Programs Director, Cathy Rumble, at 803-641-9094 to setup an audition time. Woodwind, brass and percussion must be at high school level.
Please see Education page for registration information.
Please call the Art Center at 803-641-9094 or come in to register for music programs.
No online registration available.
AIKEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Adam De Priest & Angela Shaw
Since 2002 the Aiken Youth Orchestras (AYO). Orchestras practice weekly and conclude each semester with a concert that is free and open to the public. All string musicians with a minimum of one year on their instrument. Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians must be at least high school level. Registration for returning members and placement auditions for new members will be held on Saturday, August 19th from 1:00-4:00 PM. Please call 803-641-9094 to schedule an audition time. No member discount on music programs.
Fall semester begins late August. Call us or check back for more information.
GROUP STRINGS YOUTH & ADULT (ALL LEVELS)
Summer program for youth and adults with beginner/early intermediate level experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Class meets one time per week during the months of June and July (no class July 4th week) and focuses on developing a strong foundation for playing a string instrument. Student must supply their own instrument. Music books may be purchased from instructor. No member discount on music programs.
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094