image1.JPG

WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN VERMONT SINFONIA!

Where Music Meets the Mountains

 
Barn Music Photo.jpg

2021-2022 SEASON 

Along with our new name, the Southern Vermont Sinfonia will be making a few exciting changes to our Fall semester. 

In addition to our usual Rep and Sinfonia ensembles, we will be adding chamber music to our schedule. Chamber ensembles will be comprised for no more than 5 musicians. Please see below for more information regarding each ensemble and audition requirements for each. Auditions videos should be sent to the director at: patrickoconnell.music@gmail.com

ENSEMBLES:

Rep Strings is a string orchestra for intermediate players. Players should be developing note-reading capabilities and technique in 1st position. 

Sinfonia is an ensemble for advanced string/wind/brass players. 

Chamber is for highly-motivated musicians who want to perform in a more intimate setting. Chamber musicians are required to attend at least five rehearsals for Rep OR Sinfonia, and perform in the concert with them.

FEES:

Rep/Sinfonia Fee: $100 per semester

Chamber Music Fee: $175 per semester

Please inquire with the director for family rates. 

Wednesday Evening Rehearsal Schedule (Venue: TBA)

5:30 Rep Strings

6:15 Chamber A

6:45 Sinfonia

7:45 Chamber B

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS for the 2021-2022 Season:

***No need to stress about audition recordings and requirements. Perfection is not expected. Do your best and have fun. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. 

Audio or Video Recordings of auditions should be emailed to: patrickoconnell.music@gmail.com

Rep Strings Audition Requirements:


Violin:

Scales Requirement 

1-octave D Major Scale

1-octave C Major Scale

2-octave G Major Scale


A solo work that is representative of your level of playing.


Viola:

Scale Requirement:

1-octave G Major Scale

1-octave F Major Scale

2-octave C Major Scale


A solo work that is representative of your level of playing


Cello:

Scale Requirement:

1-octave G Major Scale

1-octave F Major Scale

2-octave C Major Scale


A solo work that is representative of your level of playing.


Wind/Brass/Piano Players: 

Scale Requirement:

Three Scales of your choice.

A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 

Sinfonia & Chamber Audition Requirements


Violin:

Scale Requirement:

1-octave D Major Scale

1-octave C Major Scale

1-octave Bb Major Scale

2-octave G Major Scale

2-octave A Major Scale 


A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 


Viola:

Scale Requirement:

1-octave G Major Scale

1-octave F Major Scale

1-octave Bb Major Scale

2-octave C Major Scale

2-octave D Major Scale 


A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 


Cello:

Scale Requirement:

1-octave G Major Scale

1-octave F Major Scale

1-octave Bb Major Scale

2-octave C Major Scale

2-octave D Major Scale 

A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 

Bass:

Scale Requirements:

1- octave C Major Scale

1-octave F Major Scale

1-octave Bb Major Scale

2-octave G Major Scale

2-octave D Major Scale

A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 

Wind/Brass/Piano Players: 

Five Scales of your choice (one of which is 2-octaves)

A solo work that is representative of your level of playing. 

For more information, feel free to email us at: patrickoconnell.music@gmail.com

 

ABOUT SVS

The Southern Vermont Sinfonia (formerly the Green Mountain Youth Orchestra) is a haven of music-making resonating among the foothills of the Green Mountains in Bennington, Vermont. Our local youth and passionate community members converge each Wednesday evening to bring to life great works of the past and present. Founded in 1987 by Ellen Sager, the Southern Vermont Sinfonia accepts musicians of all ages and levels. Talented musicians from the VT/MA/NY tri-state area rehearse weekly and perform two to three times a season. The SVS represents the fulfillment of founder Ellen Sager's longtime goal of reestablishing a quality orchestral program in the area. Director Patrick O'Connell welcomes musicians of all talents and ages to join the GMYO. The Orchestra is the only one of its kind to accept passionate adult musicians as well as youth into all levels of the ensembles.

The SVS is comprised of three performance groups:

Repertory String Ensemble for string players who are still developing their skills. The group works on string orchestra repertoire while refining scales, theory and tone production. The Repertory Strings perform two to three times a year.


Sinfonia Ensemble for advanced string, wind, brass and percussion players.

Chamber Music is for musicians who are highly-motivated and interested in rehearsing/performing in a small ensemble of 5 players or less. 

All ensembles meet on Wednesday evenings. Location will be determined soon.

 
DC2CCC01-F7FF-43E4-BCB9-4058737570FA_edited.jpg

Thank you to all the kids, teachers and parents who made the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia a success!

The Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia was held from July 15-19th in Bennington, VT. It was so encouraging to see our local music talent coming to camp each day ready to learn and perform. We had a blast working with each of them in classes and rehearsals. Of course, one of our favorite moments was coming together at the beginning and end of the day in a huge West African drum circle. At the end of the week, the students put together a stellar performance which showcased their ensemble skills and their musical theater talent. I could not have been more proud of their hard work. Of course, I would be remiss not to thank the wonderful teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Mills, Mrs. Lynn Sweet, Mrs. Michelle Despard, Mrs. Heather Allen, Mrs. Jessica O'Connell and Mr. Brian DeAngelo. They also put their heart and soul into their teaching for the week. I cannot thank them enough! 

Thank all of you who supported the Green Mountain Summer Sinfonia! We hope to see you next Summer!

 
 

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a merrier world.

Thoren Oakenshield's last words to Bilbo, from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

CONTACT US

Thanks for submitting!

Sheet Music