The Junior Youth Orchestra is an all-district orchestra for students in grades 6–9 in the Lincoln Public School District. Participation is by audition. The Junior Youth Orchestra is an extension of the instrumental music program of the Lincoln Public Schools. All students in Junior Youth Orchestra must be residents of the Lincoln Public School District and must participate in the instrumental music program at their school to remain eligible. Home-schooled students must be participants in a school instrumental music program in order to participate in JYO. Students whose schools (e.g. private, parochial) do not have an instrumental music program are eligible for JYO. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the JYO director, the school instrumental music teacher, the school principal and the Supervisor of Music.
The three levels of membership in JYO are: 1) Regular Member, 2) Permanent Member, and 3) Alternate Member.
Regular: Students audition for JYO and are accepted as a member of based on that audition. All Regular members are required to re-audition for a second year to participate.
Permanent: After a successful second year audition, students will then become permanent members and will only need to audition each year for chair placement.
Alternate: Alternates may be chosen at the auditions. They may either a) be given a regular spot if a regular or permanent member is unable to continue to participate; or b) an alternate may be temporarily appointed for the length of a concert preparation and performance period to replace a regular/permanent member for an approved major absence. Alternates will be required to attend only rehearsals and performances in the event an opening occurs. If Alternates are not appointed to fill a permanent spot, the alternate will need to re-audition the following year.
Rehearsals will be Thursdays, 4:15 – 5:45 pm in Culler Middle School Band Room 1st semester, East High School Band Room 2nd semester. See complete schedule here.
Rehearsal will automatically be canceled if LPS is canceled due to bad weather. If inclement weather occurs during the afternoon, log on to the JYO website (http://jyo.lps.org) or check email for the latest information about the rehearsal.
Each musician will be issued a folder. All music distributed should be kept in the folder. The student is responsible to bring the music, the folder, and a pencil to each rehearsal. NO markings shall be made in pen! Music will be collected at the end of each concert. For music that is not returned, a fee of $5 per piece ($50 maximum) will be assessed.
String Section: Fall auditions will determine chair placement for the first half of the season. Additional chair placement auditions will be held in January to determine seating for the April concert.
Woodwind, Brass, & Percussion Instruments: Auditions for woodwind, brass, and percussion players will take place at the beginning of 2nd quarter. Check the JYO website October 1 for more information. Chair placement is determined at the fall auditions for the entire season. Placement may be adjusted during the season at the discretion of the director.
Ladies: Below the knee dark skirt or pants (preferably black), dark shoes and socks, and white blouse. Please don’t hesitate to contact the director if you have any questions regarding concert attire.
Gentlemen: Dark dress pants (preferably black), dark dress shoes and socks, white dress shirt, and necktie.