Concert Orchestra

About Concert Orchestra

Southeastern Minnesota’s premier student instrumental ensemble, the Concert Orchestra, is a full orchestra experience for advanced students on string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Recent repertoire has included Romeo & Juliet by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Dvorak, and “Jupiter” from The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Click here for the detailed Concert Orchestra guidelines.

Conductor - Keehun Nam

Mr. Nam is committed to raising up the next generation of musicians and people whose love for each other and dedication for their craft is at the center of their music-making.

Prior to serving as the Artistic Director of SEMYO, he co-founded un/pitched and served as the conductor of the Ithaca College’s Sinfonietta and Contemporary Ensemble, Savoyards Ithaca, and guest-conducted at Cornell University. In addition, he founded and was the Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra which has now become a beloved musical organization at Vanderbilt University. Read More…

Rehearsal & Performance Dates

Rehearsals: Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – Noon (early September → Mother’s Day with holiday breaks).

Performances: Concert Orchestra performs four major concerts per year, one holiday performance, and one side by side children’s concert with the Rochester Symphony.

Click here for the current Concert Orchestra calendar

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $225 per trimester (season – $675) + $40 Registration Fee

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.

Philharmonic Orchestra

About Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestras is a full orchestra experience for students of all ages on string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. String players typically need a minimum of 3-4 years experience, and wind/brass/percussion players 1-2 years experience. Recent repertoire has included arrangements of An American in Paris, New World Symphony, and Russian Sailor’s Dance. Original works include Pirate’s Dance and Warrior Legacy by Soon He Newbold

Click here for detailed Philharmonic Orchestra program information.

Conductor - Sarah Gifford

Mrs. Sarah Gifford is a Rochester native and SEMYO’s Philharmonic Orchestra conductor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a K-12 Music Education minor from Luther College, and a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Oklahoma. During her undergraduate and graduate education, she had several opportunities to perform internationally in Austria, Brazil, Japan, and Italy. Mrs. Gifford previously served as a 5-12 band director in Breckenridge, MN, where she also taught piano lessons and figure skating lessons. Read More…

Rehearsal & Performance Dates

Rehearsals: Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – Noon (early September → Mother’s Day with holiday breaks).

Performances: Chamber Strings performs 3 formal concerts per year, one holiday performance, and one day-long outreach tour.

Click here for the current Philharmonic Orchestra Calendar

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $200 per trimester (season – $600) + $40 Registration Fee

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.

Chamber Strings

About Chamber Strings

Chamber Strings is a string orchestra for students who play violin, viola, cello, or bass with two or more years playing experience (or Suzuki grade 3). Orchestra members will rehearse and perform arranged and original works for string orchestra while preparing for participation in the SEMYO Philharmonic Orchestra.

Click here for the detailed Chamber Strings Guidelines

Conductor - Lori Ringen

SEMYO welcomes Lori Ringen as its new Chamber Strings conductor. She is also starting her second year as the instructor of the SEMYO String Academy at Riverside Central Elementary School. Ms. Ringen has been the orchestra director for 12 years at Friedell Middle School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Luther College and a Master of Education degree in Learning Design and Technology from Saint Mary’s University of MN. In 2016 Ms. Ringen received the SEMYO Bravura Award for Excellence in Music Education. Read More…

Rehearsal & Performance Dates

Rehearsals: Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – Noon (early September → Mother’s Day with holiday breaks).

Performances: Chamber Strings performs 3 formal concerts per year, one holiday performance, and one day-long outreach tour.

Click here for the current Chamber Strings Calendar

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $180 per trimester (season – $540) + $40 Registration Fee.

SEMYO is open to all student musicians regardless of financial constraints. To apply for a scholarship click here.

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