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Auditions Set for Southern Miss Youth Orchestra

orchestraThe University of Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra (SMYO) will hold fall 2015 auditions at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 17 in Room 105 of the Fine Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. The SMYO is searching for intermediate and advanced string players.

Audition requirements include: A scale of your choice (two or three octaves with arpeggios); a solo piece of your choice; sight reading.musicnotes

The youth orchestra provides students with positive experiences and gives them opportunities to be part of an ensemble where they can interact with other young players who share their interest in music. The program will benefit local string musicians by improving their playing level, increasing their orchestral experience, and preparing them to be part of an orchestral program on the collegiate level.

The SMYO meets on Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in FAB Room 105 of the School of Music. For more information call 601.818.8092 or email to:

Registration also is underway for the 2015 fall season of the Southern Mississippi Kids Orchestra that will include 12 sessions beginning Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Beginner classes will be held from 4:30 – 5:30 on Mondays. Those with some experience will train from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration fee is $150.

The orchestra is designed for students in grades three through fifth. Registration is being held at Temple Baptist Church. Availability is limited. For information contact Gladys Gonzalez at 601.408.0755 or

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, Southern Miss students have collected seven Goldwater Scholarships, three Truman Scholarships and 14 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of a select number of institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at


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