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Become a member of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William

Welcome to the Youth Orchestras of Prince William (YOPW). YOPW offers five orchestras which provide musical training for string players of all abilities, and, three wind ensembles which provide musical training for wind players from intermediate to advanced levels. Placement in all but our beginner ensembles is by audition. We accept new students throughout the season. Please review the information below which is provided to assist you in identifying the proper ensemble for which to audition. Once you have prepared the audition requirements, please contact our office to schedule an audition. We look forward to meeting you!

YOPW does offer some scholarships for our student members. Rehearsals are usually held in local Prince William County High Schools on Monday nights. Rehearsal times are listed on the Rehearsal calendar. Please contact the YOPW office if you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an audition.

Introduction to Preparatory

This is our entry level strings orchestra for string players of new ability. Auditions are not required for this ensemble.

Preparatory Orchestra

This is our entry level strings orchestra for string players of new ability. Auditions are not required for this ensemble.

Primo Orchestra

Student musicians in this program have usually played for 1-2 years and have developed basic skills.

Cadet Percussion Ensemble

This is the Cadet Percussion Ensemble.

Repertory Orchestra

This orchestra is for the intermediate string player. Members of this ensemble have typically been playing for about 2-3 years and are working on at least Grade 3 music literature.

Concert Orchestra

This is a full orchestra with strings, winds and percussion in which members are comfortable performing Grade 4-5 music literature.

Percussion Ensemble

This is the Percussion Ensemble.

Youth Symphony Orchestra

This full symphonic orchestra accepts the most advanced string, wind and percussion players to perform standard orchestral literature.