Community Music Program

Tufts Youth Philharmonic

Please note: Due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, Tufts Youth Philharmonic will be offered online only through the first week in December.

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Conductor: Senior Lecturer John Page
Sectional coaches: Ashley Addington, Meghan Carye, Liz Jewell, Miguel Pérez-Espejo, Timur Rubinshteyn, Hsin-Lin Tsai

Fridays 4:00-6:30pm
$820 per academic year for 2020-2021

- Calendar
- Audition info
- Apply now for 2020-2021

Questions? Please
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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 2020-2021 will be updated soon. At the beginning of the year, TYP will be sectionals only, taught remotely.

TYP Concerto Competition

The 2020-2021 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.

Calendar for Tufts Youth Philharmonic
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