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The Fauquier County Youth Orchestra is open to all orchestra and band students in the greater Fauquier County area.

The orchestra is dedicated to helping local students develop their potential as musicians and as individuals. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit educational organization. Our program provides a structured curriculum through which we explore topics in music theory, history, team work community involvement and performance. We are open to all levels of playing. We welcome everyone without the use of an audition and our qualified teachers are volunteers dedicated to our mission statement of providing excellence in music.

FYO meets on Wednesday evenings at Highland School in Warrenton and the cost of the program is $10 per week.

For more information please email info@fauquieryouthorchestra.org or call Drum & Strum Music at 540.347.7484

String Program

Beginner Strings ( no experience ) 5-6pm
A 1 year class offered to all ages on how to start your instrument. Students will learn parts, proper care and maintenance of the instrument. Proper technique, learning to read music, and musicianship are all covered. By the end of the first year students will be able to play the D, G, C and F major scale. Students will begin studying history, and basic theory. By the end of this program that covers two semesters ( or 1 entire season) students will be able to join the intermediate Group. Students will participate in at least two concerts during the season.

Intermediate Strings ( 1-3 years of playing ) 6-7pm
Students that perform in this group focus on growing the skills that they learned during their first year. They now begin learning about the music industry and community involvement and services where they can apply their skills. Development of major scales happens in the fall semester transitioning to two octaves each spring. They begin reading studies and Literature in flat keys and while exploring history and theory topics. They will perform four or more concerts per season.

Advanced strings and band ( 3+ years ) 7-8pm
The advanced orchestra is for musicians with more then 3 years of study on their instruments. Band and Strings join together, working in all major and minor keys, covering lessons in theory and 4 part writing,. They will learn about history topics, including major eras of music and composers. They will also study upper level techniques including vibrato, shifting through 7th position. Community involvement, sales and marketing skills, and team building are all covered in this group. They will perform four to six concerts per season and sometimes more.

Band Program

Beginner Band ( no experience ) 5-6pm
A 1 year class offered to all ages on how to start your instrument. Students will learn parts, proper care and maintenance of the instrument. Proper technique, learning to read music, and musicianship are all covered. By the end of the first year students will be able to play the D, G, C and F major scale. Students will begin studying history, and basic theory. By the end of this program that covers two semesters ( or 1 entire season) students will be able to join the intermediate Group. Students will participate in at least two concerts during the season

Intermediate Band ( 1-3 years of playing ) 6-7pm
Students that perform in this group focus on growing the skills that they learned during their first year. They now begin learning about the music industry and community involvement and services where they can apply their skills. Development of major scales happens in the fall semester transitioning to two octaves each spring. They begin reading studies and Literature in flat keys and while exploring history and theory topics. They will perform four or more concerts per season.