Auditions for Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association groups to begin in August

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QUINCY — The Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association is inviting area musicians to participate in its 75th anniversary concert season.

The QSOA consists of:

QUINCY SYMPHONY CHORUS

The Quincy Symphony Chorus is under the direction of Phyllis Robertson. Members rehearse on Monday nights beginning in August and will present concerts on Nov. 5 and March 4. They will join the Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chorus on Dec. 3 for a family Christmas concert. Interested singers should call the QSOA office for an appointment and prepare a song of their choice, such as a hymn, patriotic song or Christmas carol with music or from memory. 

QUINCY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Bruce Briney. It will perform on Oct. 2, Dec. 3, Feb. 19 and April 22. The QSO will perform a children’s educational concert on March 24. The QSO rehearses from 7:30-9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The orchestra has immediate openings in the horn section. Applicants for these positions will perform a solo of their choice and orchestral excerpts. Email qsoa@adams.net for details. Players are needed for all string sections. Additional brass, woodwind and percussion players are needed for works with larger instrumentation and the substitute list. Musicians should prepare a short solo that displays their musical strengths. 

QUINCY AREA YOUTH CHORUS

Singers in grades 3-12 are invited to audition for the Quincy Area Youth Chorus. Accepted singers will perform with the QAYC at fall and spring concerts as well as join the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on Dec. 3 for the Christmas concert.

Auditions for the QAYC will be from 10 a.m-noon Aug. 6. Auditioning children should prepare a song they enjoy singing. QAYC includes girls and boys with unchanged voices in two performing groups. The Kinderchor, for younger singers, is directed by Amy Fairchild. The Concert Choir, for older members, is directed by Paul Shelor. Rehearsals are held either on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons.

QUINCY AREA YOUTH ORCHESTRA

The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra is accepting virtual auditions through Sept. 30. All new and returning members must audition. QAYO candidates must be in grades 7-12 and have at least three years of playing experience. Membership may be limited to maintain a proper balance of instruments in the orchestra. Students should prepare material found on the youth orchestra page of qsoa.org, along with a solo of their choice. The QAYO rehearses weekly through March and performs in two concerts. 

To sign up for an audition time, call the symphony office at 217-222-2856 Monday through Friday or email qsoa@adams.net. More information on performing ensembles may be found at www.qsoa.org.

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