- Department of Music
The Tufts Youth Philharmonic (TYP) is a distinguished addition to the musical culture of the greater Boston area. Open to advanced students ages 13 and up, TYP nurtures every aspect of each member's development with individual attention and strong group camaraderie. Rehearsals are held every Friday from 4:00-6:30 p.m. and consist of section rehearsals followed by full orchestra sessions. This unique structure gives each member of the orchestra individual, sectional, and full orchestral rehearsal and performance exposure in one comprehensive experience. The coaches, along with Tufts student mentors, provide individual and group feedback, playing alongside the students in the full orchestra rehearsals and offering assistance and encouragement every step of the way.
Award-winning conductor and Tufts Director of Orchestral Activities, John Page, has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory (preparatory division and college) and Boston University, and has acted as Assistant Conductor to the Boston Philharmonic. Mr. Page is also Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in New Hampshire and the PARMA Orchestra; he conducted the double platinum-winning PBS show, Celtic Woman, and has traveled the US twice with the group on their Symphony Tour, conducting over a dozen orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Colorado Symphony.
The Tufts Youth Philharmonic rehearses in the state-of-the-art Granoff Music Center on the Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus. Performances take place in Distler Performance Hall in the Granoff Music Center, the finest small recital hall in the Boston area.
Repertoire for 2021-2022 will be updated soon.
TYP Concerto Competition
The 2021-2022 TYP Concerto Competition will take place in January for members of the orchestra. The concerto repertoire must be approved by John Page. One complete movement is required for the audition, and a pianist will be provided for the orchestral accompaniment. The winner will perform their concerto movement with TYP in the May concert.
Attendance at all TYP rehearsals and concerts is extremely important. Review our policy sheet for details. If you must miss a rehearsal, please report your absence using this online form.
Members of Tufts Youth Philharmonic are required to take private or semi-private lessons on their instruments and to seek instruction on passages from TYP repertoire that are challenging.
TYP students are active in many musical activities, but we expect families to plan carefully to minimize the number of absences from rehearsals for TYP.
If a member of the orchestra must miss a rehearsal, he or she is responsible for finding out what music was covered and for preparing assigned music for upcoming rehearsals. After two absences in a semester, the student must play for the conductor and sectional coach.
Attendance is required at all rehearsals and concerts. The calendar for the year is published online at least two months prior to the first rehearsal in September.
The hours for Friday rehearsals are 4:00-6:30 pm. Anyone arriving 30 minutes late or leaving 30 minutes early will be considered absent that day.
Students may be placed on probation after three absences in a semester.
Please contact Edith Auner
September 2020 - May 2021
October 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20 (no rehearsal November 27th)
December 4, 11, 18 (no rehearsals on December 25th or January 1)
January 8, 15, 22, 29
Concerto Competition on January 15
Benefit Concert January 29
February 5, 12, 26 (no rehearsal on February 19)
Concert February 14 at 3 pm
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 16, 23, 30 (no rehearsal on April 9)
May 7, 14
May 16 Concert at 3 pm
The calendar for 2021-2022 will be posted in early June.