CMYO Program Opportunities
The Central Minnesota Youth Orchestra inspires and prepares students to become passionate leaders in their communities and school programs by being a good example through music preparation and enhancing their musical knowledge and instrumental skills.
The Guidelines are created to help parents and students work towards developing their skills for the listed ensembles. CMYO understands each student will have strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to place students where they will be meeting their skill level for a quality performance and be challenged to acheive new and developing skills. Returning students can re-register for the same ensemble or talk to the director about moving to another ensemble. If you have questions or concerns regarding placement, please contact us for more information.
Rehearsals: Sept - May / Fall and Spring Semesters SCHEDULES
Prelude - Cello Tina Lamberts, Instructor (NEW!)
Prelude is the newest member of the ensembles. The program is designed to give hands on with a professional cello instructor on posture, technique and other related parts to playing the cello. This would not replace the need for private lessons. However, the class would give students opportunity to work alongside other cellists while learning repertoire related to developing their skills as cellists.
Cadenza - Rhonda Johnson, Conductor
Cadenza offers students who have been playing for about a year, the opportunity to start performing in an ensemble setting. Students will experience playing melody and harmony, learn about different key and time signatures, understand the different roles within the orchestra setting, and introduce rehearsal and concert etiquette. Music selections are used to cultivate these concepts in a fun environment.
Violin, Viola, Cello I Position
Bass I, II, III Positions
C Major 1 Octave
G Major 2 Octaves
D Major 1 Octave
C Major 1 Octave
G Major 1 Octave
D Major 1 Octave
Though not required to participate in CMYO, it is highly recommended to take lessons with a private instructor.
Intermezzo, Rhonda Johnson, Conductor
Intermezzo bridges between Cadenza and Encore by increasing expectations between learning the roles of performing in an ensemble and enhancing the student’s skill level. Further development and exploration of differing key signatures, more complex melodies and harmonies, vibrato, shifting, and bow articulations. Though not required to participate in CMYO, it is highly recommended to take lessons with a private instructor. Lessons page
Must meet all of the qualifications for Overture I and;
Violin and Viola: I & III comfortably
Cello: I, III & IV comfortably
Bass: I, II, III & IV comfortably
C - 2 octaves
G - 2 octaves
D - 2 octaves
A - 2 octaves violin, 1 octave viola, cello and bass
F - 1 octave violin and bass, 2 octaves viola and cello
Bb - 2 octaves violin and bass, 1 octave viola and cello
Eb - 1 octave violin and bass, 2 octaves viola and cello
Encore, Michael Zellgert, Artistic Director
Encore is the advanced level ensemble that has reached a skill level that is more intense with preparation and performance. Students will use critical thinking, leadership skills, and a broad understanding of musical styles. Students should consider taking private lessons at this level to help continue growth in their skills. If for financial reasons you cannot afford lessons, please contact the artistic director for suggestions.
With questions regarding which ensemble would best fit the student’s current skill level, please contact the instructors for more information. Though not required to participate in CMYO, it is highly recommended to take lessons with a private instructor. Lessons page
PERFORMANCE MAY INCLUDE:
Chamber Style (without conductor)
Must meet all of the qualifications for Overture I and II, and;
I, III, mastered; V comfortable; II, IV & VI in development
Scales (student should be in development of learning the scales):
Please Refer to MMEA All-State Audion Scales
Bow and Fingering Technique that may be used:
staccato, spiccato, legato, martele, flautando, natural & fingered harmonics, pizzacato
College of St. Benedict
(Benedicta Arts Center)