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

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: Philharmonic Orchestra performs 3 formal concerts per year, one holiday performance, and one day-long outreach tour. Concert dates for 2021-2022 are November 14, February 27, and May 15.

Click here for the detailed Philharmonic Orchestra Guidelines.

Fees & Scholarships

Cost: Participation fee of $210 per trimester (season – $630) + $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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