Junior High Orchestras

July 9 - 15, 2017

For students completing grades 5 – 8

Designed for junior high string students, the primary focus of this program is developing individual musicianship through a large ensemble setting. Students will audition and be placed in either the Junior Orchestra or Junior Strings. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, and elective courses. Wind and percussion students must sign up for Junior Band camp, and placement into Junior Orchestra will be based on audition during the first day of camp. Wind and percussion students that place highest in auditions and indicate interest will be selected to perform exclusively in the Junior Orchestra during their camp experience.

Up to two junior harpists will be accepted into the Junior Orchestra Harp Program.

Here is what a typical day in the Junior Symphony Orchestra program will look like:

  • 8:15- 10:30 am: Full Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 10:45- 11:45 am: Sectionals
  • Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Full Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Technique Class
  • 3:45- 4:45 pm: Electives
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities>
  • 10:30: Lights out

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Junior Orchestra - Louis Bergonzi, University of Illinois

Dr. Louis Bergonzi is the Daniel J. Perrino Chair in Music Education. He joined the the University of Illinois faculty in 2005. Prior to that appointment, he was on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music for 16 years, and earlier he held positions in various public school systems in Massachusetts. A frequent presenter at regional, state, national, and international teachers' conferences, Bergonzi's areas of expertise include orchestra rehearsal technique, conducting, and string teaching, particularly in an urban setting. His extensive experience in these areas include acting as director of the Eastman Summer Music Academy for String Teachers (1995-1999); director of the Rochester-Eastman Urban String Project (1997-2005); conductor of numerous all-state honor orchestras; Melbourne Australia Summer Youth Music (1999-2005); Hong Kong Summer Youth Orchestras (1997); and All State Intermediate Orchestra at Interlochen (1985-1990). 

Read more about Professor Bergonzi.

Junior Strings – Laura Byarley Harris: Director of Orchestras, Mount Prospect District 57

Laura Byarley Harris had her first adventure at ISYM as a young camper and scholarship recipient.  She could not have known then how that experience would change the course of her life.
Mrs. Harris, whose primary instrument is the viola, is an Illinois native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana, School of Music.  The recipient of numerous performance scholarships and the String Educator Award at UIUC, Mrs. Harris also has her Masters degree in Education Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago.  She has conducted orchestras for ILMEA Junior District festivals and ISYM and is pleased to return to the UIUC campus.
Mrs. Harris has enjoyed the privilege of sharing music in performance with her students during her career as orchestra director in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and for the majority of those years, as Director of Orchestras in Mount Prospect School District 57.