Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to YTOoA FAQ!

YTOoA is a Theatre Orchestra with 24 positions. Just like a Broadway Pit orchestra, some positions play more than one instrument.

But Don't Worry!

 

Students are only required to have their main instrument. YTOoA provides the additional instruments as part of our program is learning to "double" or play a secondary instrument. 

This page explains the 24 positions of a YTO and Frequently Asked Questions.

What is YTO?

Our founder is an Eagle Scout and graduate of the Julliard Pre-College. He wanted to combine his youth experience in  Scouts and training orchestras to create a pre-college level program that is low cost, high impact and easy to replicate.

YTO is a one-size-fits-all program that works for schools and communities. With YTO, every city may have it's own youth orchestra.

 

How much does YTO cost?

 

YTO tuition is based on the costs to operate the program. The YTO Scholarship Fund provides subsidization to lower the cost of the program. No student will be turned away for financial reasons, however, YTO does not provide main instruments or supplies.

Parents are asked to pay as much of the tuition as they may, with the YTO Scholarship Fund subsidizing the remainder.

The PreCollege program costs $35/week for 32 weeks. The cost break down is $30 for rehearsal, $5 for online class. 

 

How many hours a week are needed to participate in YTO?

6.5 hours per week:

Rehearsal 2.5 hours

Online Class 1 hour

Private Lesson .5 hour

Practice 2.5 hours (minimum/week)

Why is the Palm Springs YTO the "24 best students of the Coachella Valley"?

Like an all-star football team, by honoring those who work the hardest we are 1) rewarding diligent work and dedication, and B) impacting other students by presenting a group of near-professional level youth.

Each of our 24 players is like a member of an elite sports team. Their role is to push their abilities with other like minded individuals and to inspire others. 

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#1 Keyboard

Double: Synthesizer

Supportive and solo position, the keyboard and synthesizer play many roles in a Theatre Orchestra.

YTOoA provides a keyboard and amp for rehearsals.

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#2 Bass Guitar

Double: Upright Bass

Bass Guitar and upright Bass.

YTO provides an upright bass and amp. Student is required to bring their bass guitar to rehearsals.

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#3 Guitar

Double: Mandolin, Banjo

Guitar, doubling on Mandolin and Banjo.

YTO provides an amp, mandolin and banjo. Students is required to bring their acoustic (with pickup) or acoustic/electric guitar

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#4 Drum Kit

Double: Percussion

Drum Kit

YTO provides a drum kit.

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#5 Percussion

Double: Keyboard II

Percussion

YTO provides percussion.

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#6-7 Violin Ia/Ib

No Double

Violin

Students required to bring their Violin to each rehearsal.

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#8-9 Violin IIa/IIb

No Double

Violin

Students required to bring their Violin to each rehearsal.

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#10-11 Viola I/II

No Double

Viola

Students are required to bring their Viola to each rehearsal.

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#12-13 Cello I/II

No Double

Cello

Students are required to bring their Cello to each rehearsal.

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#14 Flute

Double: Piccolo, Alto Clarinet

Flute and Piccolo are the top voices of the woodwind section; this position doubles on Alto Clarinet for a supportive alto voice or Jazz.

YTO provides Piccolo and Alto Clarinet. Students are required to have a mouth-piece, neck strap and reeds.

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#15 Oboe

Double: Baritone Saxophone

The highest double reed voice and a soloist position; doubling on Baritone Saxophone for Jazz.

YTO provides a baritone saxophone. Students are required to have a mouth-piece, neck strap and reeds.

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#16 Clarinet

Double: Alto Flute, English Horn

The clarinet is a soloist and supportive voice; doubling on Alto Flute and English Horn.

YTO provide an Alto Flute, and English Horn. Students are required to have a neck strap and reeds.

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#17 Alto Sax

Double: Bassoon II

The Alto Sax is a supportive alto voice and Jazz soloist, doubling on Bassoon II

YTO provides a Bassoon. Students are required to have reeds and seat strap.

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#18 Tenor Sax

Double: Bass Clarinet, Flute II

The Tenor sax is a supportive tenor voice and Jazz soloist, doubling on Bass Clarinet and Flute II

YTO provides a Bass Clarinet and Flute. Students are required to have a mouth-piece, neck-strap and reeds.

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#19 Bassoon

Double: Alto Sax II

The Bassoon is a solo tenor and supportive bass voice; doubling on Alto Sax II for Jazz.

YTO provides an Alto Sax. Students are required to have a mouth-piece, neck-strap and reeds.

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#20 Trumpet

Double: Piccolo Trumpet

The top voice of the brass section, this position plays in the higher register of the trumpet and doubles piccolo trumpet.

YTO provides a Piccolo Trumpet. Students are required to have a mouth-piece.

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#21 Trumpet II

Double: Mellophone

The second Trumpet plays in the middle and lower range, doubling on Mellophone for the top voice of the Horn section.

YTO provides a Mellophone. Students are required to have a mouth-piece.

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#22 Horn

No Double

The horn is a solo and supportive position, playing in the middle and upper registers. The horn section is formed by the mellophone, horn, baritone and tuba.
 

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#23 Trombone

Double: Baritone Horn

The trombone is a solo and supportive position, double on baritone as the tenor voice of the horn section.

YTO provides a Baritone. Students are required to have a mouth-piece.

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#24 Tuba

Double: Bass Trombome

The Tuba is the bass of the orchestra and brass/horn section. This position doubles on bass trombone for a powerful low voice or Jazz Band orchestrations.

YTO provide a tuba. Students are required to have a mouth-piece.