By Emily Sorensen
Get those violins ready, because the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists Ensemble, under the direction of Alyze Dreiling, is holding auditions for the 2013-14 season Sunday, Sept. 1.
The auditions are for advanced pre-professional string players, high school age through age 25, to perform with the award-winning YPO Soloists Ensemble for four concerts in this season.
“We’ll definitely have a bigger orchestra this year,” said Dreiling. “There’s quite a few people [signed up to audition] already.”
The first concert for the YPO Soloists Ensemble will be in November, where they will performing Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” as well as a piece called “Rounds” by American composer David Diamond, which Dreiling described as “rarely performed and very challenging.”
Three more concerts will follow in the spring.
New this year is the addition of the Soloists Sinfonietta, an ensemble intended for advanced middle school musicians. The auditions for the group will also be held on Sunday, Sept. 1. Dreiling said about 10 middle-schoolers had already expressed interest in auditioning for the new ensemble. “It will be a small chamber orchestra,” said Dreiling, “but that’s how the other one started, and it just grew and grew.”
The group will perform two concerts in the spring.
Dreiling also said she hoped the YPO Soloists Ensemble would be able to perform some collaborations with other ensembles in the area during the 2013-14 season.
For information on how to audition for either the YPO Soloists Ensemble or the Soloists Sinfonietta, visit