(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.

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

AIKEN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS (AYO)
Adam De Priest & Angela Shaw

The Aiken Youth Orchestras are for a variety of ages – from youth to those young at heart! Open to string musicians with at least one-year experience on their instruments. Woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians are welcome at an All-Region or All-State level. All orchestra students should have some form of regular instruction on their instrument, be that a class at school or private lessons somewhere. For string players needing instruction, we are able to offer lessons at Aiken Center for the Arts in conjunction with your ensemble. Lessons are typically scheduled on Thursday afternoon. Scholarships are available.

Ensemble provides an opportunity for those who have never been in a group to play, rehearse and perform with other musicians.

Full Orchestra continues this education as the musician advances in skill.

To enter either program, a short audition will be held with the conductor. Please contact the Program Director at Aiken Center for the Arts to schedule an audition. 803-641-9094 ext 2012. No member discount on music programs.

Ensemble $90
Mondays Jan – May 6:00-7:00pm…..13142

Ensemble with lessons $200
Mondays Jan – May. 6:00-7:00pm…..13143
Thursdays Jan – May 5:00-5:30pm…..13143

Full Orchestra $90
Mondays Jan – May 7:00-8:30pm…..13144

Full Orchestra with lessons $200
Mondays Jan – May 7:00-8:30pm…..13224
Thursdays Jan – May 5:00-5:30pm…..13224

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. Child must be potty-trained. Instructor will contact you upon registration to help you with sizing and instrument choice. No member discount on music programs.

January 15th – May 3rd
Mondays & Thursdays…4:00pm-4:30pm…$150…13145

BEGINNING SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA
(AGES 7 TO ADULT)

Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden
This Suzuki class is for beginners of any age. For students 12 and under, parent support is needed. Basic skill building techniques are taught using the Suzuki repertoire. This class meets twice a week with one performance opportunity. No member discount on music programs.

January 15th – May 3rd
Mondays & Thursdays…4:30pm-5:00pm…$150…13146

EXPERIENCED SUZUKI VIOLIN & VIOLA
(12 YEARS TO ADULT)

Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden
Small group setting for students with one or more years of experience. This class will focus on intermediate to advanced string technique. Modified Suzuki and traditional approach will be used. Class meets twice a week with one performance opportunity. No member discount on music programs.

January 15th – May 3rd
Mondays & Thursdays…5:00pm-5:30pm…$150…13147

Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens Street, SW
Aiken SC 29801
Office: (803) 641-9094
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