North Star Strings
North Star Strings (NSS) is an introductory orchestra for students and prepares them for YP. The goal of this ensemble is to introduce students to ensemble playing and help develop note reading. Students in this orchestra will have been playing for 1-3 years in lessons. These students will typically be in the end of Suzuki book 1 or beginning of book 2 or their equivalent. Piece difficulty will be in the 1-3 range. NSS is open to all students interested in playing a stringed instrument in an ensemble and any student who is interested is encouraged to audition. NSS is directed by Mark Wamma and rehearses in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College. All students are accepted into this program.
Youth Philharmonic (YP) is the preparatory orchestra for the Symphony Orchestra. YP students should expect to see challenging key signatures (up to 4 flats/sharps), challenging rhythms, and shift into higher positions. These students will typically be in Suzuki books 3-5 or the equivalent and have been playing for 3-6 years. Piece difficulty will be in the 2-4 range. YP is directed by Mark Wamma and meets in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College.
Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Youth Symphony Orchestra is our most advance orchestra offering. These students will typically be in Suzuki book 4 and above. The piece difficulty will be in the 4 and above range. These pieces will be advanced high school level or introductory collegiate level works.
Youth Wind Ensemble in Partnership with River Valley Winds Ensemble
The Youth Wind Ensemble (YWE) is designed to provide an additional offering for brass, woodwinds, string bass, piano, harp and percussion players ages 14 and up. YWE is directed by Dr. Amy Rosium Foley and meets in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of MSU.
Where are rehearsals?
MAYSO rehearses on the campus of Bethany Lutheran College, in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. There is a parking lot right next to the building that can be used on Sundays.