Douglas County Youth Orchestra consists of three string orchestras based in Roseburg, Oregon. Students range in age from six to beyond high school age.
Prelude Orchestra is a group for younger beginners who have never played an instrument before. In this class, students will learn the parts of the instrument, how to unpack their instrument, prepare instrument for playing, how to play their instrument both by plucking and by bowing. Typical age for a Prelude Orchestra student is 6-9 years old.
Concert Orchestra is a group for older beginners or students who have participated in Prelude Orchestra for one or more years. Students in Concert Orchestra must master skills developed in Prelude Orchestra, or have a significant amount of prior ensemble experience on another instrument. Students in this group are expected to develop skills acquired in Prelude Orchestra. Typical age for a Concert Orchestra student is 8-13 years old.
Philharmonic Orchestra is DCYO’s most advanced group. It performs at our two annual concerts, and also plays at other engagements in the community throughout the summer, such as the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Summer Festival, and the Music on the Half Shell series. Philharmonic Orchestra is run as close to a professional rehearsal as possible; students mark their parts as we rehearse, and prepare music outside of rehearsal. Ensemble members are comfortable with complex melodies and harmonies, and are used to playing within their sections and independent of other sections. Typical age of a Philharmonic Orchestra student is 12-20 years old.