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 OrchestraAuditions 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. All new and returning students must audition at this time. Orchestras meet on Tuesday evenings 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 Etheredge Center prior to the Symphony Augusta performances, 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 Joe Laorenza and Angela Shaw. Mr. Laorenza, the former music director at Aiken High School, brings many years of music experience to the youth orchestra program. Ms. Shaw holds a B.A. in Music and teaches strings in the Aiken-Augusta area. Both instructors have worked closely with the orchestras in recent years.
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 Monday, January 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Please call 803-641-9094 to schedule an audition time. No member discount on music programs.
GROUP STRING YOUTH CONTINUING
Semester long program for youth in grades 3-5 who are ready to move out of the introductory class. Class meets two times per week. Student must supply their own instrument. Music books may be purchased from instructor. No member discount on music programs.
Mondays & Thursdays…5:30pm…$130
GROUP STRINGS YOUTH & ADULT BEGINNING
Semester long program for youth in grades 3-5 and adults with 3-6 months experience on violin, viola, cello, or bass. Class meets two times per week for a semester 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.
Mondays & Thursdays…4:30pm-5:30pm…$115
GROUP STRINGS ADULT CONTINUING
Semester long program open to adults who are ready to move beyond the beginner class. Class meets two time per week. Student must supply their own instrument. Music books may be purchased from instructor.
Mondays and Thursdays…6:30pm…$150
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094