The Slidell Youth and Community Orchestra invites area musicians, including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, to audition for the 2014-15 season. Founded in 1987, SYCO provides the opportunity for children and adults in St. Tammany Parish to enrich their lives and the community with the performance of orchestral music in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Members currently range in age from 13 to 83 and represent a diverse assortment of backgrounds, such as students, professionals, skilled tradesmen, scientists, homemakers, members of the military, educators and retirees. Some orchestra participants are family, such as spouses, parents, children and siblings.

Operating as part of Clearwood Junior High School’s continuing education program, the orchestra rehearses during the school year on Tuesday evenings and performs several full concerts throughout the season, along with a few smaller ensemble performances, with a broad selection of music, such as classical, standards, pop and movie themes.

Auditions for the 2014-15 season will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the band room at Clearwood Junior High, 130 Clearwood Drive, Slidell.

For band students, playing with an orchestra helps broaden their musical horizons and enhance their talents. Children who take private music lessons but are not members of their school band or are home schooled can benefit from the experience of performing in a group.

According to a statement form the organization, those who perhaps haven’t picked up their instruments since high school and are “a bit rusty” are welcomed to find out if playing with the orchestra “rekindles deep sense of musical fulfillment that had long since been forgotten.”

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