The 2020 WYSO Endangered Instrument Workshops begin this Saturday, January 11, and provide an opportunity for students to try out one of the Endangered Instruments and work with a top-notch coach. The workshops are free of charge and open to both WYSO Members and Non-Members.
What is an Endangered Instrument?
There are a few instruments in the orchestra for which there are a shortage of players—and therefore good players of these instruments are highly sought after. Students who can play Viola, String Bass, Bassoon, Horn, and Low Brass (Trombone & Tuba) may find more performance opportunities, move more quickly through the ranks of an orchestra, and often find success with both auditions and scholarships.
The Endangered Instrument workshops will be held January 11, February 15, March 7, and April 11, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the UW Humanities Building. Each of the instruments will be taught on each Saturday, and students can attend one session of an instrument or all four.
If you are interested, please fill out this form, select the workshop(s) you prefer, and tell us a bit more about the instrument(s) you currently play and have access to. For planning purposes, please submit the forms before the workshop dates.
The workshops and coaches are as follows:
Viola Explorers, Melanie de Jesus (coach)
All About That Bass, Jeff Takaki (coach)
Begin the Bassoon, Brian Ellingboe (coach)
Low Brass Bootcamp, Joe Greer (coach)
Encore Horn Program, Dafydd Bevil and Sarah Gillespie (coaches)
Click here to learn more about the WYSO Endangered Instrument Workshops.