We accept young singers between the ages of 8-18.
The MSYC Choristers is a group made up of beginning singers who may or may not have previous singing experience. The MSYC Chorale is a more advanced group that is audition-based. Though you don’t need previous singing experience to audition for the Chorale, it is recommended.
MSYC auditions are held in August prior to the start of the following new concert season. For more audition information, current audition dates, or to register for an audition visit the MSYC page on the website or contact us by email.
Additional auditions may be scheduled throughout the MSYC season at the discretion of the Chorus Director. Please contact us by email if you would like to audition mid-season.
MSYC is a season-long commitment. Consistent attendance and preparation at rehearsals is essential to performance quality, educational value, morale of the ensemble, and retention of membership. Please see the member handbook for more detailed information on MSYC requirements.
Rehearsals are held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 324 College Ave in Modesto. The Choristers rehearse on Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm and the Chorale rehearses on Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm. For more detailed information, please see the season calendar.
MSYC programs are designed to complement members’ personal music development – not be a substitute for other means of instruction. The MSYC strongly suggests that all members contribute their talents to their appropriate school program, where available. This supports our school music curriculum and helps to provide strong leadership and musical role models in the school environment. We believe in the value of music education in collaboration with our community.
We strongly encourage students to take weekly private lessons to develop their individual technique and musicality to the highest level possible. A list of private instructors is available upon request.
MSYC tuition is $300 per season when paid in a lump sum at the beginning of the year or $160 per semester if paid via a payment plan. MSYC families with more than one child participating in any given year will receive a 20% sibling discount after the first full tuition. Please note that it is the family’s responsibility to keep all active MSYC members’ tuition accounts in good standing. The MSYC reserves the right to not allow participation in concerts if a member has an outstanding tuition balance and there are no prior arrangements made with the Finance Department.
The MSYC introduces its singers to a wide variety of quality choral music, from folk music of various cultures to classical pieces and jazz. Being able to draw connections between seemingly dissimilar types of music makes our singers better performers. We want them to be excellent singers and accomplished musicians who have an open approach to music from all over the world. The MSYC teaches music in its original language.
Our music is selected from the broadest possible range of quality compositions. Historically some of the finest choral music was written for religious purposes. Pieces are selected for their musical qualities, rather than for any liturgical message, and they reflect no faith tradition. We rehearse and often perform in churches as they are well suited to our practical and acoustical requirements.
The MSYO provides young talented musicians with the unique opportunity and experience of playing in a full symphony orchestra ensemble with strings, winds, brass and percussion. This is a place where music students are surrounded by like-minded individuals from all over the region who enjoy making music together. Young musicians have the opportunity to work with experienced music educators, coaches and talented conductors.
Auditions are open to all traditional orchestra instruments in the sections of Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. This includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, all percussion, violin, viola, cello, and string bass.
Auditions for instruments that are only occasionally used in symphony orchestra repertoire, such as saxophone, harp, piano and English horn, may be accepted at the discretion of the Music Director.
The MSYO does not currently offer an ensemble for those just starting on a instrument. We recommend students take lessons with a private instructor for a minimum of 1 year or be in their music school program for 2-3 years before considering joining MSYO. Ensemble experience is recommended but not required.
MSYO auditions are held in May prior to the start of the following new concert season. The best time to send your application is in early spring. For more audition information, current audition dates, or to register for an audition visit the MSYO audition page or contact us by email. August audition dates are added only as needed to fill available seats at the discretion of the Music Director.
The MSYO’s two ensembles are arranged by student’s age and experience. The Concert orchestra is a preparatory group that works on building a musical foundation through classical pieces that are arranged for younger musicians. The Symphony Orchestra is a more advanced group that focuses on performing original classical repertoire at a professional level.
Concert Orchestra (grades 5-9) Intermediate Level.
Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12) Advanced Level.
After the May auditions, additional auditions may be scheduled throughout the MSYO season at the discretion of the Music Director. Mid-season auditions will only be for open seats. Please see the MSYO audition page for an updated list of openings.
Movement from Concert Orchestra to Symphony Orchestra is based on the results of the audition held each spring. Students must demonstrate a high level of technical expertise in this audition and students in 9th and 10th grade may be asked to continue another year in Concert Orchestra. It is not unusual for a student to audition multiple times before acceptance and you are encouraged to ask for feedback from your audition to understand the areas in which you need to work.
MSYO is a season-long commitment. Consistent attendance and preparation at rehearsals is essential to performance quality, educational value, morale of the ensemble, and retention of membership. Please see the member handbook for more detailed information on MSYO requirements.
Rehearsals are held in the CSU Stanislaus music building. Both the Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra rehearse every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm. For more detailed information, please see the season calendar.