Young People's Concert Orchestra | Webster University

Young People's Concert Orchestra


YPCO is the first full orchestra in the CMS system. For many students, it is their first experience with strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments together in a group. Emphasis is placed on the development of ensemble skills, accurate intonation, rhythm, and sight-reading. Orchestral literature in arranged and original form is introduced. Past repertoire includes: Die Fledermaus Overture-Strauss (ed. Kennedy), Finale to Symphony No. 5-Shostakovich (arr. Bulla), and An American in Paris Suite-Gershwin (arr. Whitney).

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp 
Ages: students through high school
AUDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 12th by 10:00 p.m

How to Get Started:

Complete the CMS Enrollment Form


Upon receipt of the CMS Application, staff will send more information about audition dates and requirements.

Audition Requirements:


  • Major Scales: C,G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat;  Melodic minor scales: a, e, b, f-sharp, d, g, c
  • Violin/Viola/Cello:  Play all scales 3 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
  • Double Bass:  Play all scales 2 octaves, 3 notes per bow, without music
  • Winds/Brass/Percussion:  Play all scales including chromatic, minimum 2 octaves/range of the instrument, following the rhythm pattern for Missouri All-State auditions (
  • Conductor will include the selected scale with the excerpt

An unaccompanied solo of the student's choice that best demonstrates his/her ability.

Excerpts assigned by the conductor (available online Friday, July 24 after 3pm.  Link will be emailed to all applicants.)

CLICK HERE for the Suggested Audition Repertoire

 Fees:  $540 ($270 per semester: due November 1 and February 1)

  • $30 non-refundable registration fee assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.
  • Upon acceptance, fall tuition is billed in October.  Limited tuition assistance is available.

Weekly Rehearsals:

Thursdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. beginning October 1, 2020
CMS Center Concert Hall | 535 Garden Avenue

Students will be required to wear masks and submit an online Webster University health consent for each in-person rehearsal. All entrances and exits will be separated and clearly marked to ensure proper distancing. Seating will be at a 6’ distance between each student.  In the event of closure due to Covid-19, rehearsals will continue online.


Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, January 23, 2021 2-4pm
Saturday, May 1, 2021 2-4pm

2020-21 Concerts
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6pm 
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 6pm

*If audiences are limited for performances, concerts will be live-streamed as well as recorded and distributed to families online.

Patrick Jackson, conductor 

Patrick JacksonB.M.E., Jackson State University; Master of Music, Double Bass performance, St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Recipient, Missouri American String Teachers Association's "Secondary String Educator of the Year" award, Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers,2003-04 Kirkwood School District Teacher of the Year, 2003 Emerson "Excellence in Teaching" award, and ST. LOUIS AMERICAN "Excellence in Education" honors. Member of the MSHSAA Music Advisory Committee, American String Teachers Association, M.M.E.A., M.E.N.C. and past Vice-President of High School Orchestra for the St. Louis All-Suburban Music Educators Association. Named a 2011 Distinguished Music Educator by the Yale School of Music.

Resources for Prospective Students:

Resources for Current Students