The Eastern Preparatory Youth Orchestra is a string orchestra designed to introduce and put into practice the foundations of orchestral playing. This orchestra seeks to develop good ensemble playing, expand reading skills and encourage technical development. EPYO performs music with simple meters and rhythms, and fundamental keys; generally in first position, but with some 2nd through 4th; teaching basic bowing styles and dynamics. Emphasis is placed on acquiring good posture, preparation, ensemble and practice proficiencies.
Orchestral music at the grade 1.5 to 3 level (upper elementary to early junior high), requires the following skill level:
Entry Level Repertoire:
Violin: Suzuki Books (mid)2-3 or equivalent
Viola and Cello: Suzuki Books 2-3 or equivalent
Bass: Suzuki Books 1-2 or equivalent