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MUSIC EDUCATION OFFERINGS FOR STUDENTS

Providing opportunities for students in our community to learn about classical music is an important part of the Utah Symphony’s mission. We offer a variety of opportunities for individual students and classes to experience the Utah Symphony.

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SALUTE TO YOUTH

We are thrilled to embark on the journey to Utah Symphony’s 62nd Salute to Youth Concert to be held at Abravanel Hall on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Each year, we are impressed by the talent and dedication of Utah’s young musicians throughout the competition and amazed by the musicianship that comes to life on stage during this magical evening. Having begun with our partnership with the Utah State Fair music competition, Salute to Youth in its current configuration is the product of evolution, and this year, the competition and concert continue to evolve into an even larger celebration of youth musicians. In addition to the solo and small ensemble competition to play a movement of a concerto with the Utah Symphony, high school juniors and seniors will also be able to audition to play a section of the concert side-by-side with Utah Symphony musicians. We have outlined the most significant changes below, but please thoroughly read the corresponding competition rules to understand the nuances:

  1. The second half of the 62nd Salute to Youth Concert will feature 50+ high-school upperclassmen who will have been selected by audition recording to play side-by-side with the musicians of the Utah Symphony. Current seniors and juniors in high school will be eligible for this orchestral ensemble side-by-side experience.
  2. You must play in an instrumental ensemble within your high school or a community orchestra ensemble in order to be eligible for the side-by-side.
  3. Playing as a member of the orchestral ensemble side-by-side does not count toward your maximum Salute to Youth performances.
  4. Solo and small ensemble applications will be available on July 15 and are due on August 15. Applications to play as a member of the orchestral ensemble will be made available on August 1 and are due on September 12.

Solo and Small Ensemble Applications

We invite eligible youth to submit an application for the 62nd annual Salute to Youth concert in 2022. Eligible students must be:

  • A resident of Utah (must have lived in Utah for a continuous twelve months prior to submission of the application, and/or must be claimed as a dependent for tax purposes by a Utah resident)
  • Within the following age categories as of September 1, 2022:

Dates for the 2022 Salute to Youth Solo and Small Ensemble Competition:

Now- August 1, 2022: Ensemble repertoire requests sent to Ky Johnson
August 8, 2022: Applications and entrance fee submitted
August 15, 2022: All preliminary audition recordings submitted
August 29, 2022: Results of Salute to Youth preliminary auditions emailed
September 10, 2022: Salute to Youth final auditions
November 23, 2022: Salute to Youth Concert

Please carefully read the rules and check your repertoire below before you submit an application for the Solo and Small Ensemble Competition:

Read the Rules Check Your Repertoire 

Applications for Solo and Small Ensemble are now closed.

Orchestral Ensemble Side-by-Side Applications     

In this Orchestral intensive experience, high school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn three pieces, rehearse twice with Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Benjamin Manis, learn from Utah Symphony musicians in sectional rehearsals, and perform on the second half of the Salute to Youth concert. We invite eligible youth to submit an application. Eligible students must be:

  • A resident of Utah (must have lived in Utah for a continuous twelve months prior to submission of the application, and/or must be claimed as a dependent for tax purposes by a Utah resident)
  • A high school junior or senior
  • Currently enrolled in one of their school’s instrumental ensembles or in a community orchestra ensemble

Dates for the 2022 Salute to Youth Orchestral Ensemble Side-by-Side:

September 12, 2022:  Applications and entrance fee completed
September 24, 2022: All preliminary audition recordings submitted
October 5, 2022: Results of Salute to Youth Orchestral Ensemble auditions emailed
*October 26, 2022: Rehearsal #1 with Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Benjamin Manis (4-6:30 PM)
*November 1, 2022: Rehearsal #2 with Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Benjamin Manis (4-6:30 PM)
*November 14, 2022: Sectional rehearsals (instrument-specific) with Utah Symphony Musicians (4:30-5:30 PM)
*November 15, 2022: Sectional rehearsals (instrument-specific) with Utah Symphony Musicians (4:30-5:30 PM)
*November 19, 2022: Rehearsal #3 with Guest Conductor Na’Zir McFadden (11 AM- 1 PM)
*November 23, 2022: Salute to Youth Concert (4:30 -7:30 PM)

All dates marked with an asterisk require your attendance in-person—no exceptions. For November 14 and 15, you will only be required one of those two days depending on your instrument, but for the time being, block off both in your calendar.

Repertoire for the Orchestral Ensemble has been selected by Guest Conductor Na’Zir McFadden, and it includes the following pieces:

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – Danse Negre, Op 35 No. 4 from African Suite
  • Valerie Coleman – Seven O’Clock Shout
  • Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Please carefully read the rules before you submit an application for the Orchestral Ensemble Side-by-Side:

Read the Rules

Applications for Orchestral Ensemble Side-by-Side are now closed.


MASTERCLASSES

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera hosts masterclasses with visiting guest artists. The public is welcome to audit these classes.


HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC CLUBS

You and your friends can enjoy great performances at a low price by organizing a music club in collaboration with Utah Symphony | Utah Opera.

HERE’S HOW

  1. Gather interested students at your school and, on our online ticket request form, explore the concerts and opera performances you’d like to attend.
  2. Decide on a package:
    Symphony Club: Select four symphony concerts and one opera final dress rehearsal from the provided list. Cost per student is $20 for public and charter schools; $25 per student for private and home schools (basic package).
    Opera Club: Receive tickets to all four final dress rehearsals. Free for public and charter schools. For private and home schools, the cost per student is $20 (basic package).
  3. Register your club and order your tickets.
  4. Enjoy! Consider scheduling a tour of one of our buildings or inviting a musician or staff member to speak to your group.

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