The Overture Ensemble is for young, elementary school-aged string players. They are in grades 1 through 6. Some are beginners on their instruments, but some are intermediate, or even higher. YOEC believes in a whole-child approach to music education, and we value the social and emotional well-being of our students. Therefore, all string students under age 12 are placed in the child-appropriate setting of The Overture Ensemble, even if their skills are quite developed. Our highly skilled and experienced ensemble conductor is able to adapt and adjust ensemble parts to individual student's skill levels.
OVT will also accept one harpist and or/one pianist and holds auditions for these instruments only when there is a vacancy. Classical guitar students ages 6 to 11 may also audition for this ensemble.
There is no minimum skills requirement for strings. For audition/evaluation, your child may play a selection of their choice, that demonstrates what they have learned so far. Your child's private instructor can help you to select a piece that they play well and with confidence, and that reflects their current skill level. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional guidance.