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 eighteen. 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 offers a range of symphonic groups and a jazz ensemble founded by Mr. Max Karler, now under musical direction of Mr. Stephen Vail. Our next round of auditions take place September 17, 2017 for the Youth Symphony and Orchestra, and September 9 & 10 for Youth Jazz Ensemble. To join, submit paperwork (PDFs below) and $35 placement audition fee and we will contact you with an audition time. Returning jazz ensemble members need not do a placement audition, but must submit registration paperwork.
2017-18 Registration Forms
2017-2018 Audition Materials
Call if you have questions about which piece to play for your audition!
Youth Symphony – Michael Woods, Director
Youth Orchestra -Max Karler, Director
Youth Jazz Ensemble – Stephen Vail, Director
Elite Strings – Max Karler
Elite Brass – Shelly Devlin, Instructor
Elite Woodwinds – Sondra Shamrell, Instructor
About the Music Director
Mr. Michael Woods received his Bachelors in Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University where he studied conducting under Dr. Raydell Bradley and trombone performance under Don Immel. He taught briefly in eastern Washington before continuing his studies in trombone performance at the University of Washington. He currently teaches instrumental music at Central Kitsap High School where he directs the jazz band, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble and marching band programs. Washington Music Educators Association recognized Mr. Woods as the Olympic region’s outstanding music educator of the year in 2007 and 2016.