Madison City Youth Orchestra has a Summer Session that helps students with their musical performance while having fun during the summer break from school. CONTRIBUTED

Youth orchestra in tune for 10th anniversary

MADISON – Boys, girls and teenagers in Madison City Youth Orchestra or MCYO are learning to play or keeping their playing in top form during their 2023 Summer Session.

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the instrumental group.

“Parents who are looking for a free summer event for their child (will find) the Madison City Youth Orchestra is a great choice,” Rebecca Wortham said. Rebecca and William Wortham are owners and conductors of MCYO.

The youth orchestra rehearses at Haven Baptist Church, 1840 Slaughter Road in Madison. Rehearsals for the various skill levels meet during the 6 to 8 p.m. timeframe.

“Our orchestra is free and open to ages eight and older,” Rebecca said. MCYO’s summer session opened on June 11.

“If your child is completely new to music and has never played before, he or she will need to join the Novice level on violin,” Rebecca said. “You can take your child to be fitted and rent or purchase violins at Madison Band Supply, The Fret Shop, Hallman’s Music or any other music store.”

MCYO rehearses in groups based on skill/experience levels. All members should bring a pencil and folding, metal stand (preferably black):

* Novice Violin – The child is brand new to the instrument; no musical experience is necessary. A member needs a violin, rosin and “Essential Elements for Strings, Book One for Violin.” Rehearsal time is Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m.

* Beginning Winds – For band and percussion. This MCYO member can play at least halfway through any method book, level 1. The member needs a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument and “Traditions of Excellence, Book One.” Rehearsal time is Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m.

* Beginning Strings – This MCYO string member can play at least halfway through any method book, level 1. The member needs a violin, cello or upright bass; rosin; and “Essential Elements for Strings, Book One.” Rehearsal time is Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m.

* Intermediate/Advanced Full Orchestra – This student has an instrument and can play through any method book, level 1 and 2. A prospective member must audition for this group. Rehearsal time is Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.

“During the Summer Session, we’ll rehearse patriotic and folk music (and other selections). We’ll end with a concert for parents and patrons on July 30 at 7 p.m. at Haven Baptist Church,” Rebecca said.

MCYO parents should also download the ‘BAND’ app and join ‘Madison City Youth Orchestra.’ Families and conductors can use this app to communicate with each other.

“We can’t wait to meet everyone. We’ll have a blast,” Rebecca said.

For more information, call 256-479-3690, email or visit Facebook.


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