Dearborn Youth Symphony

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Dearborn Youth Symphony
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Background Information





Concert Hall

Michael A. Guido Theater at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center


Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126


313-943-2354 Ext. 5538



The Dearborn Youth Symphony (DYS) was formed in 1975 to provide young performers with symphonic ensemble experience and to foster interest in instrumental music. The DYS has become an integral step to greater musical achievement for many young musicians in the area.

Membership is offered through audition and includes elementary through high school students ages 8-18. There are no school or residency restrictions to participate. Currently, over 200 students represent 27 communities throughout Southeast Michigan.Today, with the sponsorship of the Dearborn Recreation Department of The City of Dearborn, strong parental volunteer efforts, and talented and dedicated conductors, the DYS continues to nurture and challenge young musicians. Membership includes elementary through college age students from over 25 communities in the southeast Michigan metro area.


Symphony Orchestra

Under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Tim Cibor, the Symphony Orchestra is comprised of advanced musicians that perform professional orchestral repertoire. Selection for this ensemble is competitive, and musicians are generally in high school. Rehearsals are enriched with mentors on a weekly basis, as well as periodic master classes directed by guest clinicians. Symphony Orchestra musicians are eligible to compete for the concerto, as well as solos and scholarships, in the annual Solo, Scholarship and Concerto Competition. Additionally, they have the unique opportunity to perform alongside the Dearborn Symphony during their annual spring concert.


Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Joseph Deller, is a full orchestra featuring intermediate level musicians. These musicians are able to read music proficiently and have sufficient ability to play standard orchestral arrangements. Placement for this ensemble is competitive and includes musicians from upper elementary through high school students. This ensemble also benefits from weekly mentors that participate in the rehearsals, offering more individual and sectional guidance. Concert Orchestra musicians may compete for scholarships and solos in the annual DYS competition.


Advanced Flute Choir

The Advanced Flute Choir is conducted by Mrs. Donna Olkowski and exclusively features flutists playing numerous parts in an arrangement. Selection for this ensemble is competitive, and Advanced Flute Choir musicians frequently also hold chairs in the Symphony Orchestra. The Advanced Flute Choir often combines with the Intermediate Flute Choir for performances.


Intermediate Flute Choir

Mrs. Donna Olkowski conducts the Intermediate Flute Choir, a unique ensemble comprised only of flutes. This group provides the unique opportunity for a conductor to focus on one instrument in an ensemble setting. The Intermediate Flute Choir overlaps rehearsals with the Advanced Flute Choir and often combines with them for performances.

String Orchestra

Ms. Olivia Zang conducts the beginning level string ensemble which includes violins, violas, cellos and string bass. Musicians are able to read music and must possess skills appropriate for ensemble performance. They are generally in elementary through middle school grades and have one or more years of playing experience. These beginning musicians are challenged while experiencing the satisfaction of performing as part of a community youth orchestra. String Orchestra musicians are eligible to compete for scholarships and solos in the annual DYS competition.



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