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A robust orchestral skills builder for students with some prior ensemble experience

Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra rehearses on Mondays 6:00-8:00pm
Recommended for ages 10 and up

Age recommendations are provided as guidelines. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis

What is Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra?

Aries is the Annapolis Symphony Academy's Youth Chamber Orchestra designed to further the ensemble playing skills of young musicians who may have prior experience playing in small ensembles.

Here are the ways Aries enhances and develops the students' orchestral playing:

  • Weekly Chamber Orchestra rehearsals lessons led by Ms. Heather Haughn.

  • Perform exciting Chamber Orchestra repertoire on Annapolis Symphony Academy concerts.

  • Participate in exciting collaborations with partner youth orchestras.


Includes Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits:

  • Workshops with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra soloists, guest artists and speakers.

  • Performance opportunities.

  • Community service.

  • Assistance with applications and auditions (summer festivals, colleges & universities)

  • Access to Annapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsals.

  • Complimentary Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concert access (live or online via Symphony+).

Who Qualifies for Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra?

Driven young string players ages 10 and up, taking weekly one-on-one private lessons with an instructor, either at the Academy through our Virtuoso Pathway*,  or through a private teacher outside the Academy. If you study with a teacher outside the Annapolis Symphony Academy and admitted to Aries, we will ask your private teacher to submit the required Teacher Verification Form.

How can I audition for Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra?
Current members of the Annapolis Symphony Academy are not required to re-apply or re-audition.


New applicants, follow this simple process:

1) Fill out our Application Form.

2) Submit an audition video. Audition Information Available Here.

3) We will notify you of the audition results.

Tuition and Fees

Administrative Fee: $100*

Tuition Option 1 - Students taking weekly private lessons at the Annapolis Symphony Academy (Virtuoso):
Aries will be Included in your Virtuoso Pathway tuition. Best Value! Sign up for Virtuoso Pathway today!


Tuition Option 2 - Students taking weekly private lessons outside the Annapolis Symphony Academy:

$112.50 per month (8 monthly payments per year) for Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra only. A completed Teacher Verification Form is required.


Need-based financial aid is available! We can help students make their musical aspirations happen. Click HERE for more information.

* Administrative fee required to secure enrollment. Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra students also enrolled in Virtuoso Pathway students only pay one ($100) administrative fee to secure enrollment in both Virtuoso Pathway and Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Where and When?

Aries Youth Chamber Orchestra meets on Mondays at 6:00pm.

All Annapolis Symphony Academy activities take place at Temple Beth Shalom, 1461 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Arnold, MD.