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Posted April 3, 2018

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program and APS: Partners for Life

Auditions for the 2018-19 Season are May 1-18.

The Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program has been growing musicians since 1953, and Albuquerque Public Schools has been a key partner with AYSP from day one. 

Since the inception of AYSP as a single youth orchestra for high school students, APS and the University of New Mexico have steadfastly provided financial, educational, artistic and logistical support that have enabled AYSP to flourish for over 63 years. Today, AYSP serves approximately 500 students from over 90 public, private and home schools in the Albuquerque area in grades 3-12.

A policy statement prepared jointly by representatives of UNM and APS in February of 1960 states that their support of AYSP is intended “to provide enriched learning opportunities for gifted young musicians enrolled in the schools of the area; to serve as a stimulation for school music programs and to provide motivation for individual music students, and to contribute to the cultural development of the community.” While these words were put to paper nearly six decades ago, they accurately describe the partnership that exists between APS and AYSP today.

Several AYSP performances take place each year at various APS high school performing arts centers, and APS music educators serve as conductors and coaches for some of the AYSP ensembles. APS is even represented on the AYSP board of directors, a number of whose members are APS music educators or administrators. 

APS students who participate in AYSP ensembles must be enrolled in their respective school band or orchestra programs, if available. In this way, AYSP and APS together can provide their mutual students with the maximum benefit of the music education and experiences offered by both programs.

“We are so grateful to our wonderful APS music educators and administrators and the work we are doing together for young musicians in our community,” says AYSP Artistic Director and Youth Symphony conductor Sayra Siverson. “Our students work with their APS music teachers during the school week, and then we see them for an additional 2-3 hours once a week for a completely different and expanded musical experience. That is a lot of intensive music making, and the students really benefit from and enjoy what AYSP can offer them above and beyond what they experience in their school ensembles.”

Auditions for AYSP’s 2018-2019 season will take place May 1-18 at the Dale E. Kempter Center for Music Education, 4407 Menaul Blvd. NE. 

Get more information on audition dates, times and requirements and to register for an audition.

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