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Community School of the Arts’ Youth Orchestra spring auditions set

January 6, 2016

Last fall, the Community School of the Arts added a new youth orchestra for Vigo County students in grades 5 through 12, which are the same grades that music programs are offered in the school system.

With the help of university music students and faculty, Erik Rohde, the current conductor of Indiana State University's symphony orchestra, leads the students as the ensemble's artistic director.

"These young students don't have to want to be professional musicians, they just have to want to make music and learn with us," Rohde said. "It's lots of fun. That is one of the first things that I believe in, that music should be fun."

Placement auditions are 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 13 in room 159 of the Landini Center for the Performing Arts. Students should select one piece they are comfortable playing for the audition. This spring, the orchestra is accepting string players only. Scholarships are available based on need.

To give more individual attention, at times, students will be split into groups lead by Rohde's Indiana State students to more efficiently work on skill level appropriate music. At other points, rehearsals will be conducted as a whole ensemble for less experienced musicians to practice "playing up," meaning playing with more skilled players to learn from peers.

The orchestra meets 5:15-7:15 p.m. every Monday of the school year in the Landini Center, located on the Indiana State campus on the corner of 7th and Chestnut streets. Rehearsals are Jan. 25-May 2. Fees are $120 for the spring semester. Sibling discounts and scholarships available.

To view the fall schedule online, go to the Community School of the Arts' website at Call the CSA office at 812-237-2528 if you would like to schedule an audition or for more information. Parking passes are available for purchase by students of the Choir for $1 per semester and may be obtained through the office.


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of the Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-841-2884 or

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The youth orchestra for Vigo County students in grades 5 through 12 is led by Erik Rohde, with the help of university music students and faculty.

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