"The mission of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra Association is to enrich the cultural life of the Quad City region by presenting and maintaining symphonic music of the highest artistic quality and by providing comprehensive music education."


The Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestra program has five performance ensembles for students grades two through twelve. Ensemble members are from the metro Quad Cities as well as outlying areas. Members have the opportunity to play with the most talented musicians in the area under the regular direction of the QCSYEs conducting staff, have coaching sessions with professional QCSO musicians, and rehearse under QCSO director Mark Russell Smith.

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Prelude Strings Online Application form


YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Aaron Kaplan, Interim Conductor

The Youth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1958 as a training ensemble for middle, junior high and high school-aged musicians. The YSO is now the most advanced of the four QCSYO ensembles. Students play in a large full orchestra with nearly 100 members and perform several times throughout the year including a Side-by-Side concert with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra rehearses Sunday nights from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Ensemble Room at Augustana College.

YOUTH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Aaron Kaplan, Interim Conductor

The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is an intermediate full orchestra which aims to prepare students for the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Students experience playing in a full orchestra with strings, winds, and percussion and play an array of classical repertoire.

The orchestra rehearses Sunday from 3:00-5:30 p,m. in the Ensemble Room at Augustana College. The Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is for students grades 6-11.
2013-14 YPO Schedule

STRING ENSEMBLE and PRELUDE STRINGS
John Schultz, Interim Conductor

Prelude Strings and String Ensemble are introductory ensembles for young string musicians. Students will improve playing technique, develop ensemble skills, and gain performance experience.

The groups rehearse Thursday nights at First Congregational Church, 2201 7th Ave, Moline, IL. Musicians in Prelude Strings should be in grades 2-8 and those in String Ensemble grades 5-10.

Prelude Strings now has no audition required. You only need to complete the online application form linked below and have your teacher email Katie Thom a letter of recommendation -- this is required.

2013-14 YSE Schedule
2013-14 YPS Schedule

YPS Online Application form -- apply now!
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2013-2014 Concert Schedule
Saturday, September 7 Riverfront Pops
LeClaire Park, Davenport

Sunday, November 3 QCSYOs Concert
4:00 p.m. Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Saturday, February 1 Side-By-Side Concert
featuring the Grand Prize winner of the Concerto Competition performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra
4:00 p.m. Adler Theater, Rock Island

Sunday, February 23 QCSYOs Concert
3:00 p.m. Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Sunday, May 4 QCSYOs Concert
3:00 p.m. Centennial Hall, Rock Island

Awards Banquet
TBA

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Tuition
Tuition is $450 for participation in Youth Symphony Orchestra, $375 for Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, $275 for String Ensemble and $195 for Prelude Strings. No students is turned away due to inability to pay. Financial Assistance Applications are available here for all students.

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Auditions
All students are invited to audition for the Quad City Symphony Youth Orchestras. Information about auditions can be found here.