Youth Orchestra of the Rockies

YOR logoThank you for your interest in the Youth Orchestras of the Rockies! It is our mission, through the study and performance of orchestral music, to build community and to enrich the lives of young musicians.

New this year: The YOR is now administered by the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Music Director Thomas A. Blomster and Ms. Noriko Nikki Tsuchiya are handling all administrative duties for the YOR.

1. Our first rehearsal for the Spring 2014 session is Sunday, January 12 from 3:00 to 5:30 PM at Ridgeview Classical School. This is an open rehearsal, so anyone is free to attend and check it out. Below is the YOR 2013-14 season schedule. A hard copy will be handed out to all students at the Sunday January 12 rehearsal to put into their folders.

2. Announcing the YOR 2014 Concerto Competition date: February 9, 2014. NEW this year, the first prize winner(s) will be awarded a $100 cash prize. All members are invited to participate. Memory is NOT required. Former judges include members of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and faculties of CSU and UNC. More details later but wanted to give a heads up for those who may be interested.

3. A huge YOR thanks to Ms. Tequila Young who has volunteered to help with YOR finances. As an accounting student, scientist and mom to two YOR members, she will be a great asset to the smooth running of our organization.

4. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to pick up bagels;  bagel pickup is running smoothly.

5. YOR Outstanding Senior Award Update: The total now stands at $402.39.All donations  to YOR since this summer have gone into this fund. YOR will also be the beneficiary of a portion of Colorado Chamber Orchestra’s successful crowd-fundraising campaign from spring of 2013 (Project: Todmorden 513). That money is expected by Nov. of 2013.

6. King Sooper Cards: I am making these available at no cost for anyone who promises to charge and use it for at least $100. I have 14 cards available, first come first serve. You may pick them up at rehearsal or I will mail them to your home address by request. Remember that all proceeds from this fund also benefit the Senior Scholarship Award.

6. Nikki Tsuchiya will be available to play chamber music or accompany YOR students for 15-20 minutes after every rehearsal. Ms. T. has soloed with the Denver Symphony (now Colorado Symphony) in Boettcher Concert Hall and is currently pianist for Pastiche Chamber Ensemble. She has partnered members of the St. Paul and Cleveland Orchestra as well as faculty at UNC, CSU and UW (Wyoming) and students from Julliard, Indiana and other top music schools. You must provide the piano part but this service is free to all YOR students.Just let me know at the beginning of rehearsal if you would like to do this.

Nikki Tsuchiya

TUITION: There is a non-refundable registration/music fee of $25 per student. The tuition is $65 per month. There are 3 months of rehearsals during the fall semester for a total of $195.00 and 4 months of rehearsals during the spring for a total of $260.00. You may pay by the month or for each semester. Please make checks out to: Youth Orchestra of the Rockies.

We are still accepting new members on all instruments. Please bring your friends! Please call or email if you have further questions or concerns.

Spring concert: Sunday, May 4, 7:00 PM (6:00 sound check) University Center for the Arts, Fort Collins.

College students, YOR alums, and local pros: Contact YOR to find out how you can get involved in this season’s exciting performances!!


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Youth Orchestras of the Rockies
P.O. Box 270396
Fort Collins, CO 80527



The Youth Orchestras of the Rockies form a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a strong program that nurtures and inspires young musicians from northern Colorado and southern Wyoming . We are able to provide an outstanding program thanks to the generous donations of supporters like you. On behalf of our talented and hardworking young musicians, thank you for your ongoing support!

Please send your donation by mail to:

Youth Orchestras of the Rockies
P.O. Box 270396
Fort Collins, CO 80527

All donations are tax-deductible (we’ll send you a form back in the mail), and we appreciate donations of any amount. Thank you!

YOR in performance:

Spring 2013 Concert:

Telemann: Don Quixote Suite

Respighi: Pine of Rome, movement IV

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