The Berkeley Youth Preparatory Orchestra was founded by Jay Lehmann, our Artistic Director and Conductor, to support our younger members as well as members who are still developing the skills needed to feel successful in a full orchestra setting.
Violinists and violists accepted into BYPO receive instruction from our Artists-in-Residence. Jay Lehmann oversees BYPO.
BYPO meets on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in room G-189 in the Music Suite at Laney College. The schedule may change at the Artistic Director's discretion. As students advance, and by approval of the AiR coaches and Artistic Director, they will be invited to join the full BYO rehearsal. BYPO participates in all BYO performances.
Auditions for BYPO are held together with auditions for BYO. Young musicians may apply for BYO and be invited to join BYPO or apply for BYPO directly. To Apply for an audition directly to BYPO or to BYO go to Auditions.
We strengthen our musical community by involving parents directly in the operation of the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. As members of BYPO, every family’s effort and support are critical to our success. Each family must participate in all of the following:
You can fulfill your commitments to BYPO by signing up for specific tasks on specific dates in our website.
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