Fairbanks Youth Orchestras

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  • Congratulations on making it through auditions! Rosters for the orchestras are below:
  •           String Orchestra
              Concert Orchestra
              Youth Symphony
              Wind Ensemble
  • Auditions were September 11 and 12. If you missed them, please contact us so that we can make arrangements for you.
  • Parents who play a string instrument are invited to play with the North Star Strings, Saturday mornings upstairs in Music 301 from 10 am to noon. There are no auditions and players of all abilities are welcome at any time! Music is provided and there is no fee. First rehearsal is 9/26. Info: northstarstrings.org, northstarstrings@yahoo.com

  • 2014-15 Season

    A great concert by our Concert Orchestra and Youth Symphony strings at Chena Hot Springs, and a performance by our String Orchestra at the UAF Jazz Fest were highlights of this year. The Fairbanks Youth Symphony performed an arrangement of music from Les Miserables for this year's Friendship Day concert, and you can see a beautiful montage video here created by Kade Mendelowitz: FYS Friendship Day.

    The Fairbanks Youth Orchestras was started by Gordon Wright and Inga-Lisa Wright in 1970 with 18 string players. Read more about the early FYO on our history page.The Fairbanks Youth Orchestras (FYO) is a non-profit organization under the auspices of the Fairbanks Symphony Association. Three youth ensembles make up the Fairbanks Youth Orchestras: String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra & Youth Symphony. Rehearsals and final orchestra concerts are on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, in the Fine Arts Complex.

    I love orchestra so much!

    Concert Orchestra musician
    It's fun and you get to try and play really challenging songs.

    Concert Orchestra musician
    It is a good opportunity to play good music and a good opportunity to make good friends.

    Concert Orchestra musician
    It's an orchestra that really hones your abilities as a musician and helps you play harder music.

    String Orchestra musician
    It's so stinking cool!

    Youth Symphony musician
    The conductor's humor makes the early morning rehearsals fun.

    Youth Symphony musician
    I love this orchestra!

    String Orchestra musician
    Symphony practice is the best part of my week.

    Youth Symphony musician
    The concerts are fun, and it feels like you achieved something.

    Violinist, Concert Orchestra
    It's a great tool to help you become a better musician, exposes you to more music, and there are really great players to use as role models.

    Clarinetist, Youth Symphony
    It is so much fun! Also I learn about music and can play cool pieces.

    Flutist, Youth Symphony
    When I first auditioned I felt very nervous. I also thought it was going to be very hard, but it went smooth because I practiced.

    Violinist, Youth Symphony
    Being in this program is fun.

    Cellist, Concert Orchestra
    When I first auditioned I felt nervous but confident. I had practiced it a lot and was ready for the audition. I was nervous about the sight-reading part, though.

    Violinist, String Orchestra
    I like playing with the orchestra because it is very good music and it makes me practice more.

    Cellist, Youth Symphony
    It was really amazing to travel to Europe and have host families, see castles, and play with different youth orchestras around the world.

    Violinist, Youth Symphony

    Fairbanks Weather

    No rehearsal if at 8 AM Saturday morning the temperature is -40 F or colder.




    In the News

    Listen to sound clips from the Fairbanks Youth Orchestras.
    YouTube videos of recent concert performances.