Bremerton Youth Symphony
Our Bremerton Youth Symphony mission is engage youth of Greater Kitsap County in orchestral and ensemble experiences marked by educational excellence. Our youth musicians range from age ten to twenty. Participating youth explore orchestral and ensemble music with future friends and community members, and develop greater proficiency, stage presence, teamwork, and increased abilities to focus and problem solve. Bremerton Youth Symphony currently offers a symphonic ensemble under direction of Tigran Arakelyan and a jazz ensemble under direction of Derick Polk. Our next round of auditions takes September 16. To join, submit paperwork (PDFs below) and $35 placement audition fee and we will contact you with an audition time. Returning jazz musicians do not need to audition!
2018-19 Registration Forms
2018-19 Audition Materials
Call if you have questions about which piece to play for your audition!
Sounds of Summer Music Intensive
Pursue your musical passion through this week-long, small group intensive camp, led by Bremerton Symphony Orchestra bassist, former Navy Band Director, and Kitsap Music educator Mr. Derick Polk. Dates are July 23-27, from 1-4PM, at our rehearsal space – Saint Paul’s Church in Bremerton (700 Callahan Dr, Bremerton, WA 98310) culminating in a special performance on Friday, July 27 or Saturday, July 28 (TBD) at Silverdale Antiques. Tuition is just $100 for current members of Bremerton Youth Symphony, $125 for others. Minimum enrollment was met, so camp will run! Print PDF forms or call (360) 373-1722. Registration deadline: June 30.
About the Music Director
Tigran Arakelyan will take the helm as Music Director of Bremerton Youth Symphony for the 2018-19 Season. Armenian-American Music Director and Conductor of Port Townsend Community Orchestra, Federal Way Youth Symphony, and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, Mr. Arakelyan was previously the assistant conductor of Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, Northridge Youth Philharmonic, and the associate conductor of Rainier Symphony. For three seasons he was a Senior Conducting Fellow with California Philharmonic, comprised of musicians from LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, and other professional orchestras.
Mr. Arakelyan was also a prize winner in The American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and at the Global Music Awards. Learn more about Mr. Arakelyan on his website.