About Us

Our mission:

The mission of the Vail Youth Symphony is to encourage, inspire and nurture the talents of young musicians through quality orchestral experiences while strengthening the community with the power of music.

Our Board of Directors:

President – Amy Osmun

Vice President – Lisa Brown

Secretary – Janei Evans

Treasurer – Allison Minch

Board Members – Whitney Olson, Jared Hughes, Robbyn Perez

Our Artistic Staff:

String Orchestra Director – Lisa Brown

Chamber Orchestra Director – Whitney Olson

Symphony Orchestra Director – Ken Marrs

Assistant Director – Amy Osmun

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Our Orchestras:

Rehearsals are typically held every Monday night from 6 – 8 p.m. throughout the school year. Location for rehearsals for the 2020-2021 season will start virtually through Zoom, and progress through our COVID-19 addendum phases.

There will be no rehearsals on non-school days, according to the Vail School District Student K-8 Calendar.

String Orchestra

The String Orchestra is open to beginning through intermediate players. They should have at least one year of experience with their instrument. While no previous “ensemble” experience is required, it is highly encouraged that students have played in, or are currently enrolled in a school orchestra. Students focus on improving essential musical skills such as note reading, rhythm, intonation, and expression. By building these essential skills, the members of the String Orchestra will develop a quality orchestral sound. Members of the String Orchestra play in all concerts and have opportunities for outside performances.

Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is open to intermediate through advanced players.  While enrolled in the Chamber Orchestra, students will focus on more advanced rhythms and time signatures, fine-tune intonation and shifting on their instruments, play in more difficult key signatures, and develop musicality and expression within a group setting.  Students will learn how their individual playing contributes to the orchestral sound, and how to develop awareness of melody, harmony, counter-melody parts.  Members of the Chamber Orchestra perform in all formal concerts and have opportunities to play in other community performances.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. This ensemble serves our most advanced students. Students continue to hone musical skills through performance – repertoire is carefully selected to improve skills such as rhythm, intonation, expression and techniques specific to their instrument. Members of the Symphony Orchestra perform in all formal concerts and have opportunities to play in other community performances.