(803)-641-9094 acaac@bellsouth.net

Music Programs

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.

AYO Auditions:

All are welcome to audition with a minimum of one year experience on strings. Call our Programs Director 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.

MUSIC PROGRAMS
Please call the Art Center at 803-641-9094 or come in to register for music programs.
No online registration available.

AIKEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA (FULL)
Adam De Priest & Angela Shaw
Orchestras practice weekly and will have 2 performance opportunities this Fall. Open to string musicians with at least one year experience on their instruments through an audition process held August 19, 2017 1:00-4:00pm. Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians are welcome but must be at least high school level. No member discount on music programs.

Mondays…7:00pm-8:30pm…$90…
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AYO LESSON PACKAGE (VIOLIN & VIOLA)
Aubrey Schipp
Eight, 30 minute private lessons taught by USC Aiken Music Education Student, scheduled throughout the Fall Term. Available to current AYO Orchestra and Ensemble members only to help meet required outside instruction.

Varied…$110…
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AIKEN YOUTH ORCHESTRA (ENSEMBLE)
Adam De Priest & Angela Shaw
Orchestras practice weekly and will have 2 performance opportunities this Fall. Open to string musicians with at least one year experience on their instruments through an audition process held August 19, 2017 1:00-4:00pm. Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians are welcome but must be at least high school level. No member discount on music programs.

Mondays…6:00pm-7:00pm…$90…
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1ST YEAR ENSEMBLE
Adam DePreist and Angela Shaw
1st Year Ensemble students will attend the group practices but will also have 8 private or semi-private lessons to help transition them from focusing on their own playing to becoming an integrated member of our Ensemble. No member discount on music programs.

Mondays + 8 private or semi private lessons…6:00pm-7:00pm…$200
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AYO LESSON PACKAGE (CELLO)
Caitlin Tarver
Eight, 30 minute private lessons taught by Caitlin Tarver, scheduled throughout the Fall Term. Available to current AYO Orchestra and Ensemble members only to help meet required outside instruction.

Thursdays…varied…$175…
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Beginning violin and viola classes, taught by Certified Suzuki Instructor Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden.

SUZUKI PRE-TWINKLE (AGES 3-6 WITH DEDICATED PARENT)
Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden
An exciting new class for 3-6 year olds with one parent in the at home teacher role. Taught through technique building games and songs, this class meets twice a week and has one performance opportunity. Registration and instrument sizing will be held August 28, 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm. Child must be potty-trained. No member discount on music programs.

Mon & Thurs…3:45pm-4:30pm…$150…
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CELLO (1ST & 2ND YEAR STUDENTS)
Caitlin Tarver
Cello student instruction  will be taught in semi-private, small group format by Caitlin Tarver. Times will be determined based on enrollment. To enroll, please come to our registration meeting August 28, 2017 6:00-8:00pm. No member discount on music programs.

Thursdays…varied…$150…
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SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA (AGES 7-11 WITH PARENT SUPPORT)
Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden
Fun string technique building games are used to teach students the basics of violin and viola. This class meets twice a week with two performance opportunities. Some parent involvement is needed. To enroll, please come to our registration meeting August 28, 2017 6:00-8:00pm. No member discount on music programs.

Mon & Thurs…4:30pm-5:30pm…$150…
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SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA (EXPERIENCED OR OLDER BEGINNER, 12 YEARS TO ADULT)
Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden
Fun string technique building games are used to teach students the basics of violin and viola. This class meets twice a week with two performance opportunities. Some parent involvement is needed. To enroll, please come to our registration meeting August 28, 2017 6:00-8:00pm. No member discount on music programs.

Mon & Thurs…5:30pm-6:30pm…$150…
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Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094
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