The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra

For young musicians from the entire north Texas area.

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Our Mission:
TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE YOUNG MUSICIANS
TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE
THROUGH ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE.

 

FWYO_logo.jpg 1965- 2015

A Half Century of Inspired Musical Excellence

TO  EDUCATE
APP-8603.jpgThe Fort Worth Youth Orchestra has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1965.  But, FWYO is more than exceptional performances; it is  music education, music outreach and special events.  Each year, the organization serves over 300 talented Fort Worth-area musicians ages 5 - 18 through four core orchestras and supplemental programs that include chamber music ensembles and an all-level Suzuki Strings Program.  FWYO musicians experience superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Fort Worth's most respected professional musicians, perform in world-class concert halls and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.
TO  INSPIRE
APP-8577.jpgTo inspire the musical and personal development of young musicians by providing intensive training and unparalleled opportunities is the mission of the FWYO.  Whether or not FWYO students continue their music studies after graduating high school, they leave with a strong sense of discipline, accomplishment, confidence, self-esteem, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts.
TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE YOUNG MUSICIANS
APP-8605.jpgPerformances at major venues include Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Arborlawn Concert Hall, Irving Arts Center and venues while on International tours.  We are proud that FWYO students have been accepted at many prestigious institutions, including the New England Conservatory, Juilliard, Curtis Institute of Music, Tanglewood, Harvard, Cincinnati Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and many more.
TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE
APP-8494.jpgThe Fort Worth Youth Orchestra is where the future of orchestral music begins.  We endeavor to cultivate and nurture talented young musicians from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds represented in the Fort Worth area, an area  rich in diversity and culture.  Through our outreach program, “We Are The Music Makers” we strive to give young people the opportunity to learn how they can be actively engaged in the world of classical music.
TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE THROUGH ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE!
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Our musicians are given every chance to increase their public performance abilities by performing at community events throughout the area.

In 2013-2014 we performed for the Day in the District at the Kimbell Art Museum and at the Amon Carter Museum; St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Cook Children’s Hospital Special Concert for the patients; The Junior League; The Salvation Army Dinner; TCU McCammon Reception; Sister Cities Nagaoka, Japan Cultural Exchange. 

                              CALENDAR


 Commemorating a Half Century of Inspired Musical Excellence

                                 SEPTEMBER

September 27 - CONCERT: Day in the District  SO and JSO Performance and Chamber Ensembles

      (Kimbell Art Museum  2:00 pm/Amon Carter Museum  2:00 pm)

September 28 - YO Sectional with the FWSO (@ Cliburn Recital Hall next to Bass Hall 4:30-7:30p)

                                             OCTOBER

                    Daniel Pearl World Music Days

October 12 - College Fair at Orchestra Hall  2:00 to 5:00 pm in the Betty Utter Room

     School of Music Representatives from:  TCU, UNT, SMU, UT, University of Michigan 

October 19 - CONCERT: Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra @ Arborlawn Methodist Church,  (joined by FW Opera, TCU Chorale,Texas Boys Choir, Paschal High School Choir)  5:00 pm  ADMISSION  $10 AND $5 at the door

October 21 - CONCERT: SO and JSO at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Cliburn Finalist, Fei Fei Dong  7:00 pm  NO ADMISSION


  North Texas Giving Day was September 18, 2014                         

May thanks to all of you who donated to the Youth Orchestra on September 18.  Your contribution helps us continue or mission to provide all young musicians the opportunity to study and perform great orchestral music.  We are the future of classical music!
 

                                                  November

                Orchestras Feeding America

                         Food Drive Month

Bring your canned goods to Orchestra Hall during the months of October and November.   

                                         DECEMBER

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14

ALL ORCHESTRAS IN CONCERT AT ED LANDRETH AUDITORIUM (TCU)  6:00 PM  ADMISSION $10 AND $5 at the door

 

Auditions

 Although the regular application deadline has passed, we accept applicants on a rolling basis until the program is full.  Further program details and the application are available under the Auditions Tab above.   Please submit your application and you will be contacted by email to set up an audition date and time.

Orchestra Hall  4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109

 

College Fair - October 12, 2014

Contact:  Willa Dunleavy, Executive Director   wdunleavy@yofortworth.org

 

Save the Date

February 21, 2015  7 pm

Maestro Musicale at the Classic Car and Calliope Museum in Fort Worth

A grand 50th celebration for all to enjoy.  Details will be announced soon.

 

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FWYO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.

OUR MISSION 

TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE YOUNG MUSICIANS TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE IN ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE

Louise Canafax, dear Board Member and Music Educator passed away on March 23, 2013.  The Board of Directors has established a Scholarship in her name.  The Louise Canafax Scholarship was announced during the Bass Hall Concert celebrating our 48th Season.   She is a spirit that we will honor through this scholarship.  Donations honoring Louise can be sent to the Executive Director - please place "Louise Canafax Scholarship" in the memo line of your donation.
 

Board of Director's Proclamation  A Tribute to Van Cliburn