ARYO Starts on September 18th, 2018!

ONLINE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE NOW- Please click on Registration button in Site Menu above

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION DAY: Tuesday, September 11th from 3:30-6:30 pm in the Festival Theatre Lobby (504 Main St., Wolfville).  Please note that the $100 tuition fee will be due by Tuesday, September 18th.

RENTAL INSTRUMENTS (violin, viola, and cello only) will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, September 11th from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Festival Theatre Lobby (504 Main St., Wolfville).  Please note that payment of $100 instrument rental fee (September-April) plus $50 security deposit is required at pick-up.

The Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra (ARYO) is a string program offering instruction for beginning students in violin, viola, cello, and bass, as well as an orchestral program consisting of three string orchestras of different levels.  Rehearsals and clinics will start in September 2018 for students ages 8-24 at the Festival Theatre Building on the Acadia University campus on Main Street in Wolfville.

The ARYO program will take place on Tuesdays starting in September 2018.  The violin/viola clinic, cello clinic, and bass clinic will run from 3:30-4:30 pm (3:45-4:30 pm for high school students); the Junior Orchestra, Beginner Orchestra, and Advanced String Clinic will run from 4:30-5:15 pm; and the Senior Orchestra will run from 5:15-6:30 pm.  The cost of the ARYO program will be $100 per student (20 instruction weeks per year, September-April).  In addition, students will be able to rent instruments from ARYO at a preferred rate of only $100 per year.  A Fiddle Group will be offered (open to all ages) from 4:30-5:15 pm on Tuesdays as well for a moderate fee of $25 per term.

Following an invitation from the Acadia University School of Music, the Horton Community Youth Orchestra program (HCYO), which has been offered in collaboration with Horton High school for the past three years, will move to the Acadia University School of Music as of September 2018 and will be known going forward as the Acadia Regional Youth Orchestra.  ARYO will be operating alongside the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and the Acadia Youth Band, both of which are very successful ensembles which use the Acadia School of Music facilities as well.  ARYO’s mission is to provide string music education to the students of the Annapolis Valley Region and to join, support, and enhance public school music programs such as Wolfville School’s music program.  ARYO is committed to reaching out and performing in the Annapolis Valley community in collaboration with other band and choir programs.

ARYO clinics and rehearsals will be held in Festival Theatre and surrounding classrooms.  Dr. Gillian Smith will serve as conductor of the Junior and Senior Orchestras, as well as instructor for the violin/viola clinic, and Elizabeth Sircom will continue as instructor of the cello clinic. Dr. Christoph Both of the Acadia University School of Music is our School of Music liaison and advisor.  Other ARYO instructors will be announced in the coming months.

We really hope that you will consider joining us at ARYO!  Our first three years at Horton High School were very successful, and we are very much looking forward to continuing our mission of offering the opportunity to learn string instruments and to play in string and full orchestra to as many students in the Annapolis Valley region as possible.

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