Young Chamber Players

YCP 2016 (2)The Second City Chamber Series provides high school-aged musicians interested in the performance of chamber music–and who qualify by audition–the opportunity to participate in the Young Chamber Players. The program is made possible through the generous support of the E. K. and Lillian Bishop Foundation.

Auditions for the 2016-17 Concert Season will be on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Information about how to audition can be found on our Young Chamber Players information flyer. Part of the auditioning process involves filling out a Young Chamber Players application form.

Zachary LymanThe Young Chamber Players is directed by Dr. Zachary Lyman. As the season unfolds, the students study and rehearse chamber music together, receive coaching from Second City Chamber Series artists and, mid-year, demonstrate their accomplishments with a concert held at First Lutheran Church in Tacoma.

Young Chamber Players participants may participate as existing ensembles or may be assigned to new ensembles appropriate to their number and instrumental mix, or both. Participants will receive:

  • Eight or more coaching sessions on the preparation and performance of selected chamber music repertoire by coaches drawn from the roster of outstanding Second City Chamber Series musicians (traditionally on Fridays), plus an organizational meeting and dress rehearsal.
  • Special instruction and insight by Second City Chamber Series musicians on the unique challenges and rewards of chamber music performance, college music auditions, methods of individual practice and preparation, ensemble rehearsal techniques, selection and programming of repertoire, and solutions to common performance problems, including performance anxiety.
  • Access to all Second City Chamber Series concerts throughout the year, plus opportunities to observe rehearsals of the professional SCCS ensembles.
  • A Second City Chamber Series “Spotlight Concert” featuring the YCP ensembles, plus other performances in the community. Past performances include Tacoma Museum of Glass on Family Day, Boys and Girls Club performance and ice cream social, and the St. John’s Episcopal Church concert series in Olympia.

Interested in joining us? Watch this website for further information about how to audition for the next concert season.

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