16. June 2009 · 5 comments · Categories: Ramble

I will just say one quick thing today. I’ll blog more later … probably sometime next week. But here you go:

A youth orchestra should consist of youths.

Really. And that’s all I’ll write for now.

5 Comments

  1. Agreed. As should youth theater.

    (Which, for the most part, appears to be the case. But I know of a recent youth theater production that had people well over 18 doing some pit-singing. Not cool.)

  2. I’ve heard of some youth orchestras using 30 to 40 year olds. I’m mystified!

  3. I would say that they should also perhaps play instruments normally found in an orchestra?

    The youth orchestra I’m in has a cut off limit of 25, which I think is fair enough as mainly what seems to happen is that wind players of the level of 18 year old string players are generally a few years older. Perhaps it’s due to starting later, or perhaps wind parts require more training/skill development than string parts.
    I don’t know – I’m just a string player.

  4. Up to 25 is fine, as long as they are still students. After that, I say nope … they don’t qualify.

  5. wow, odd… my youth orchestra was high school and under, aside from the conductor.