Come play and sing with us!
Our mission is to nurture, develop and advance talented young musicians in quality orchestral and choral programs.
We welcome instrumentalists and singers from homeschool, Elementary, Middle and High School, and college from St. Mary's, Calvert and Charles counties. You'll perform a wide range of classical and modern repertoire. Our very best musicians are invited to join the Ambassador Program, where they are challenged to perform at the highest level.
Our Orchestral Program
SMYOC has a 2-tier orchestral program. The upper tier, known as the Youth Orchestra, is a full SYMPHONIC orchestra, containing string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections, and is suited to experienced students who play at Level 4 or better; applicants up to age 20 may be accepted. The lower tier, known as the Preparatory Strings Orchestra welcomes less experienced students who play violin, viola, cello or double bass at Level 2 or above.
Both orchestras rehearse weekly and perform 2 to 3 times per semester. The Youth Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings and the Prep Strings Orchestra rehearses on Tuesday evenings - CLICK HERE to apply for an audition.
Our Choral Program
SMYOC has a 2-tier choral program in Calvert County and a 2-tier choral program in St. Mary's County. In each county, the advanced group, known as the Youth Choir, is for more experienced and developed singers, middle school through high school. The lower tier groups, one in each county, known as the Preparatory Choir, is a beginning to intermediate level choir for singers aged 8 and up with little or no choral background - but with clear music potential.
Rehearsals are usually held in Leonardtown (on Monday evenings) and Prince Frederick (on Tuesday evenings). Auditions are held throughout the year - CLICK HERE to apply. Come be a part of something really special!
Optimize your practice!
It's really worthwhile thinking about how to make the most of your time with your instrument each day. Here is a web page that presents 10 easy ways to optimize your practice.