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Nevada School of the Arts
Chamber Orchestra (NSACO)

Mondays 6:15-8:00 at NSA
15+ Sessions, 3+ Concerts per season (includes masterclasses)
Tuition: $300/year
Audition Required (see below)


COVID-19 Precautions for Group Classes and Ensembles

  • If a parent, student, or faculty member is not feeling well, please DO NOT enter NSA
  • Masks are required for all that enter NSA buildings
  • Hands must be sanitized before touching any door handles
  • Social distancing will be observed: Large Ensembles will be in the Auditorium, smaller groups (ex. Quartets) will be in the rehearsal rooms and recital room
  • Faculty will disinfect surfaces before and after each student
  • Certain group classes may have online options

The Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra (NSACO) is entering its 10th season. We are looking back on our first decade of celebrations and experiences and looking forward to creating more memorable and meaningful performing opportunities for young musicians. NSACO’s repertoire spans multiple genres from Baroque to Contemporary and Popular music. The goal of the ensemble is to introduce students to advanced repertoire and challenge them to embrace a higher level of technical and artistic performance goals.

Musicians accepted into the program will perform regularly in our concert season, participate in masterclasses, and work alongside nationally/internationally recognized artists and members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Notable Guest Artists NSACO has had the honor and privilege of performing with:

  • Oleh Krysa, violin
  • Alex Treger, violin
  • Cyrus Forough, violin
  • DeAnn Letorneau, violin
  • Hal Grossman, violin
  • Brian Lewis, violin
  • Simon Gollo, violin
  • Andrew Smith, cello
  • Jennifer Grim, flute
  • Mykola Suk, piano
  • Isabella Ivy, soprano
  • Alexandra Arrieche, conductor
  • Frankie Moreno, singer-songwriter
  • Clint Holmes, singer-songwriter
  • Uli Geissendoerfer, jazz piano

…and many of our accomplished alumni!

Auditions

Young musicians ages 12-18 can audition to join this exciting ensemble to discover inspiring and challenging repertoire.

How to Audition:

Upload audition video to YouTube or similar, email link by deadline to chuck.cushinery@nevadaschoolofthearts.org with name, age, school, private teacher name (if applicable), and years playing instrument.

*Returning members of NSACO do not have to audition

Audition Material:

Video Audition Deadline:
July 19, 2020

July 30, 2020

*Due to COVID-19, NSACO will not offer live audition dates.

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All rehearsals and most concerts are scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium but may change due to circumstances beyond our control. There will be several opportunities for the NSA Chamber Orchestra to work with special guest artists throughout the year. Every attempt will be made to schedule those clinics and workshops during normal rehearsal times but this may not always be possible. Chamber Orchestra members are expected to participate in all NSA Chamber Orchestra functions and rehearsals. Failure to do so could result in removal from the ensemble.

Orchestral Excerpts Masterclasses:

Honor Orchestra Excerpts – September 21, 2020 6:30 pm
All State Orchestra Excerpts – January 11, 2021 6:30 pm

How to prepare and audition orchestral excerpts for all string sections presented by guest teachers and members of the Las Vegas Philharmonic string section.

Free and Open to all students in the Las Vegas Community

NSACO Concerto Competition – December 14, 2020 4:00 pm

Open to all members of the NSA Chamber Orchestra. Winners will perform with the Chamber Orchestra at the Celebrating Our Own Concert on March 7th, 2021.

Repertoire list and details will be provided to all members.


Mission

The NSA Chamber Orchestra provides musical engagement opportunities to inspire students to achieve the highest level of technical skills possible while developing the dispositions necessary to become not only successful musicians but successful members of contemporary society.

Vision

NSACO members will achieve their full potential as an individual, learning how to conquer challenges, develop time management skills, prepare music independently, and become an integral part of a small ensemble where everyone is invested in the excellence of music learning and performing at the highest level possible.

Outcomes

NSACO’s alumni continue to play music in colleges and conservatories as music majors and young professionals long after they leave our care. They have become giving and exemplary citizens, supporters and ambassadors of performing arts and generous Alumni, often returning to share their knowledge with our current young musicians.