Peninsula Youth Orchestra

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Peninsula Youth Orchestra is a community orchestra for young musicians up to age 25. Local musician Elizabeth Chapman started a youth string orchestra in 1960. By the end of the decade, it had expanded to a full symphony orchestra under the name Peninsula Youth Orchestra. In 2020, the Board enthusiastically voted to turn over management of the program, and PYO became an official program of Soundscapes. Our 2021-2022 season runs from October to May.


Meet Maestro Tirado-Cabán

After obtaining a Bachelor’s of Humanities in Music from the University of Puerto Rico, Maestro Tirado-Cabán began postgraduate studies with Maestro George Pehlivanian that took him on a journey to Europe where he had the opportunity to to work with various orchestras in Spain and France.

Upon returning to his native Puerto Rico, he founded the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus where young musicians had the opportunity to develop their musicianship through orchestral repertoire. As a choir conductor, Maestro Tirado-Cabán has worked with singers in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Spain.

Maestro Tirado Cabán is excited to now come to Hampton Roads and share his passion for music with our students.


Ensembles

Wind Ensemble (Winds, Brass, and Percussion):

Conducted by Westley Benson, the Wind Ensemble is for advanced beginners through advanced-intermediate winds, brass, and percussion musicians. The wind ensemble takes advantage of the varied repertoire and will perform standards as well as new works. All groups will participate in a minimum of three concerts. (Symphony Orchestra will have additional performance opportunities)

Audition: Required
Rehearsal: 1.5 hours weekly
Tuesday Evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


String Orchestra:

Conducted by Rebecca Kim, the String Orchestra is for advanced beginners through advanced-intermediate string musicians. The string ensemble performs a wide array of repertoire from traditional to new music.

Audition: Required
Rehearsal: 1.5 hours weekly
Tuesday Evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Symphony Orchestra:

Conducted by Pedro Tirado-Cabán, the Symphony Orchestra is a mixed ensemble geared for advanced-intermediate to advanced musicians. The Symphony Orchestra takes music-making to the next level through high musical and performance expectations and higher profile performance opportunities.

Audition: Required
Rehearsal: 2.5 hours weekly
Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm