The Philharmonia is an excellent place for those musicians who wish to experience the full symphony experience but may not quite be ready to play at the level of the Symphony. The Philharmonia helps students to grow and challenge themselves musically by improving their playing abilities, stylistic understanding, and sight reading abilities and prepares them for eventual membership in the NSYS Symphony. Every NSYS concert features a musical selection which combines the members of the Symphony and Philharmonia in joint performance, creating an extraordinary large-ensemble sound and providing a mentoring experience between the older and younger players.
Jenny Rothnie, director
Jenny Rothnie, Philharmonia Director, is the band director at Shuksan Middle School. She received a BA in Music from Trinity Western University and a Master’s in Teaching from Western Washington University. During her time in school, Jenny performed with the top level groups, playing the clarinet in both orchestras and wind ensembles. Additionally, she has worked at Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra’s summer camps since 2004, where she currently serves as camp director.
Requirements to be a member of the Philharmonia
Philharmonia students should have two years of private instruction or commensurate school ensemble participation and should be 5th grade or older. Philharmonia audition requirements are as follows:
- Strings: Students should be prepared to play the following: a two-octave major scale of the student’s choice; a one-octave g-minor scale; and a short solo (approximately one minute in length) of the student’s choice.
- Winds/Brass: Students should be prepared to play a one-octave major scale of the student’s choice, tongued; Students should also be prepared to play a one-octave minor scale of the student’s choice, slurred; and a short solo (approximately one minute in length) of the student’s choice.
- Percussion: Students should be prepared to demonstrate their mallet technique and their snare technique, and to play a short solo (approximately one minute in length) of the student’s choice. Suggestions for demonstration of technique can be found at http://www.wmea.org/Content/C19/JrAll-StateBand.pdf
Upcoming Audition Dates