A Top Level, Tuition-Free Youth Orchestra

Orion Starts September 2021

Orion Youth Orchestra rehearses Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Timpani, Percussion, Harp, Keyboard are welcome to apply to Orion.

What is Orion?

Orion is our way of saying; You worked hard and invested in your musical skills, WE WANT TO REWARD YOU! 
Here are the ways we reward students for their hard work and achievements:

1) Your orchestral tuition is waivedThat's $800 per year! You only need to pay a yearly deposit to secure your seat*.

2) Weekly rehearsals with a world-class conductor, Maestro Jose-Luis Novo - Music Director, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

3) Sectional rehearsals from leading Annapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians.

4) Perform exciting orchestral works in various venues.

5) Play with professional musicians, and outstanding guest soloists.


Included with Orion - Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits:

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

Community Service & Performance Opportunities.

Help 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+).

What do I need to qualify for Orion?

1) You are a talented, driven young strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp, or keyboard student.

2) Take 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 Orion, we 
will ask your private teacher to submit the required Teacher Verification Form.

3) You meet the requirements listed in the audition information packet provided in the link below. 

    Audition Information and Excerpts Available Here

How can I audition for Orion?

Follow this simple process:

1) Fill out our Application Form, and select the most appropriate option that best fits you:

    a) Virtuoso Pathway (includes Orion) - If you do not have a private teacher, or would like to study with our outstanding
We will assign you a teacher and the most appropriate ensemble for your playing abilities.

    b) Orion Only - If you already have your own private teacher and would like to keep it, upon admittance to Orion
e will ask your private teacher to submit the required Teacher Verification Form.

2) Submit an audition video by June 15, 2021. Click the link below for information about audition requirements and excerpts.
Audition Information and Excerpts Available Here

3) We will review all applications and auditions and announce our decisions during the first week of July.


Thanks to the the generosity of our donors, each student accepted to the Orion Youth Orchestra will receive an Orchestral Scholarship covering the cost of participation in the orchestra. Students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $100 each year to secure their seat in Orion.

*Orchestral scholarships are applied to all Orion members. Students enrolled in our Virtuoso Pathway receive a $800 orchestral scholarship, applied to their YEARLY Annapolis Symphony Academy tuition. 

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