As of May 4, 2020.
For audition excerpts and information about what to prepare, see the main BPYO Audition page.
This year's auditions must be submitted on video. The audition form may be found here. You can also call the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra office at (617) 470-8382 with any questions. While most openings are filled in the spring, we do hold auditions in early September to fill any remaining spots.
The motto of the BPYO is “shaping future leaders through music.” Please give some thought to how you hope to contribute to society with your music, how you would like to change the musical landscape, and what aspects of music you are most passionate about.
Saturdays, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sectional rehearsal, 2:30 to 3:30; Full rehearsal, 3:45 to 6:30.
Leading Boston musicians, some members of the Boston Symphony and some principal players of the Boston Philharmonic, will direct the sectional rehearsal. Some sectionals will be for specific instruments and some for woodwind, brass, percussion, or strings.
September 19, 2020
Rehearsals are held at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston's South End. There is a beautiful auditorium where the orchestra rehearses, which is modeled after Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as ample classroom space for sectional rehearsals, and plenty of space for parents and visitors to observe the rehearsals. The Franklin Institute is located very close to the Boston Ballet, Boston Center for the Arts, and Community Music Center of Boston. It's a lovely neighborhood, close to the T (Back Bay station) and with a number of parking options.
We are planning two concerts in Symphony Hall and one in Sanders Theatre. We are tentatively planning a tour for the summer of 2021. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Players must be age 21 or younger on September 15, 2020. Exceptions will be considered for older players who are still enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. Requests for age exceptions should be made at the live audition or in writing with the DVD/video submission.
The current membership of the BPYO is about 50% pre-college, and 50% college age.
Yes, all players will be equally considered for principal chairs. In some instruments there may be multiple principal chairs.
Yes! In 2019, BPYO performed in Brazil. BPYO toured Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and the Netherlands in June, 2018. BPYO toured Peru, Argentina, and Uruguay in 2017. In 2016, BPYO performed two concerts in Carnegie Hall and six concerts in Spain. In June, 2015, BPYO completed an 8-concert tour of the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland. BPYO traveled to the Netherlands in June, 2013, performing concerts in 5 halls including the Concertgebouw. BPYO performed in New York's Carnegie Hall in December, 2013.
At the beginning of each rehearsal, Mr. Zander gives a weekly leadership assignment to members of BPYO. After each rehearsal players are asked to write reflections on the rehearsal and their experience in the BPYO, referred to as “white sheets.” These provide a unique ongoing dialogue between Mr. Zander and all of the players. Often players’ comments provide the impetus for significant discussions about the power of music, the role of musicians, and the mission of an orchestra like the BPYO, leading to the development of leadership capacity. From time to time Mr. Zander will also facilitate group discussions on the nature and practice of leadership. He is a highly sought-after international speaker on leadership, motivation, contribution, creative thinking and living a passion filled life. See http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_on_music_and_passion.html and http://www.benjaminzander.com.
BPYO is a tuition-free ensemble. There is no mandatory participation fee, and no one is excluded based on financial considerations. BPYO is dependent on the contributions of generous members of our community, including the families of BPYO members. BPYO families are asked to contribute as generously as they are able.
The BPYO is a division of the BPO not-for-profit corporation. The BPO serves as the management of the BPYO in all aspects, providing all musical, production, marketing and fiscal resources. BPYO members are invited to attend BPO performances, and are coached by members of BPO in rehearsals.