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Instrumental Ensembles


Music Instrumental Ensembles

If you play an instrument, you need to enroll in one of our exciting music ensembles. Group or ensemble playing is vital to your overall musical progress. All Academy music ensembles perform regularly and tour.

Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra

An advanced full orchestra for students in grades 9 - 12, and for college age students through age 25.  The flagship of the Youth Symphony program, the Symphony Orchestra performs standard orchestral repretoire and new compositions.  The Symphony Orchestra is by audition only!  For more information on auditions, please click here.  A winter and spring concert as part of the ON STAGE Series at the University is scheduled each year, along with tours and collaborative performances with other Academy ensembles and visiting youth orchestras. Join master conductor Dan Mays.

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra Schedule/Info.

Fall 2013 
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra beginsSeptember 9 - 6-8pm • Northside High School
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra Dress RehearsalDecember 15
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra endsDecember 16
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra ConcertDecember 16 - 7pm • Breedlove Auditorium


Spring 2014 
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra beginsJanuary 27 - 6-8pm • Northside High School
No Youth Honor Symphony OrchestraMarch 23-30
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra Dress RehearsalMay 18
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra endsMay 19
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra Concert May 19 - 7pm • Breedlove Auditorium


Academy Orchestra

Academy Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra for students in grades 5 - 10.  The Academy Orchestra performs original compositions and arragnements of symphonic music. By Audition.  For more information on auditions, please click here


Fall 2013 
Academy Orchestra beginsSeptember 9 - 4:30-6pm • Echols
Academy Orchestra Dress RehearsalDecember 15
Academy Orchestra endsDecember 16
Academy Orchestra  ConcertDecember 16 - 7pm • Breedlove Auditorium
Spring 2014 
Academy Orchestra beginsJanuary 27 - 4:30-6 pm • Echols
No RehearsalsMarch 23-30
Academy Orchestra Dress RehearsalMay 18
Academy Orchestra endsMay 19
Academy Orchestra ConcertMay 19 - 7pm • Breedlove Auditorium


World Drum Circle

For students grade 4 - 7.  No experience necessary.  World drums of all types will be explored.  

World Drum Circle Schedule/Info.

  • World Drum Circle  will meet on Tuesdays. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up today!!
  • All rehearsals take place in the Echols Building located on Waldron Road next to the Stubblefield Center.


Fall 2013 
World Drum Circle beginsSeptember 11 - 4-5pm
Tours and Special performancesTBA
No RehearsalNovember 26
World Drum Circle endsDecember 4
World Drum Circle performanceTBA
Spring 2014 
World Drum Circle beginsJanuary 14 - 4-5pm
No RehearsalMarch 23-30
Tours and Special performancesTBA
Spring Concert for World Drum CircleTBA
World Drum Circle endsMay 6


Music Theory    

Music Theory is open to students in grades 4-12.  Students in our orchestra and choral programs receive theory training each week at their rehearsal.  Students explore key signatures, scales, intervals, chords, as well as elements of ear-training and composition.  Private instruction in this area is also available upon request.


Tuition for Ensembles

Tuition for Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra and Academy Orchestra is $175 each.  A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with all registration forms.  This will be applied to the tuition.   The remaining tuition is due on or before the first lesson, unless you choose a payment plan.  Contact the Academy office to set up a plan.


Please make checks payable to UAFS Academy of the Arts. You may also pay by credit card. Send payment and registration to Kathy Zeller, UA Fort Smith Academy of the Arts, PO Box 3649, Ft. Smith, AR 72913. For inquiries and credit card payment call Kathy Zeller at 479-788-7251.

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