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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.
Register Now: Instrumental Ensembles Registration Form (PDF)

Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra Schedule/Info.

Fall 2014 
Rehearsal Begins

September 8 - 6-8PM

Northside High School

Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra EndsDecember 1
Concert Dress RehearsalDecember 6
Winter ConcertDecember 7 - 3PM • Breedlove Auditorium


Spring 2015 
Rehearsal BeginsJanuary 26 - 6-8PM Northside High School
No Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra 
Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra EndsApril 27
Concert Dress RehearsalMay 2
Spring Concert May 3


Academy Orchestra

Academy Orchestra is an intermediate orchestra for students in grades 4 - 8.  The Academy Orchestra performs original compositions and arragnements of symphonic music. By Audition.  For more information on auditions, please click here


Register Now: Academy Orchestra Registration Form
Fall 2014 
Rehearsal BeginsSeptember 8 - 5-6PM • Northside High School
Academy Orchestra EndsDecember 2
Concert Dress RehearsalDecember 6
Winter ConcertDecember 7 - 3PM • Breedlove Auditorium
Spring 2015 
Rehearsal BeginsJanuary 26
No Rehearsals 
Academy Orchestra EndsApril 27
Concert Dress RehearsalMay 2
Spring ConcertMay 3


Prelude Strings - NEW

For students grade 3 - 7.  No experience necessary.  Beginners are welcome!
Register Now: Prelude Strings Registration Form (PDF)

PreludeStrings     Schedule/Information

  • Prelude Strings will meet on Tuesdays from 5 - 6PM. 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 2014 
Rehearsal BeginsSeptember 9:  5 - 6 PM UAFS Echols
Tours and Special performancesTBA
No Rehearsal - ThanksgivingNovember 25
Prelude Strings EndsDecember 3
Concert Dress RehearsalDecember 6
Winter ConcertDecember 7 - 3PM
Spring 2015 
Rehearsal beginsJanuary 27
No RehearsalSpring Break
Tours and Special performancesTBA
Prelude Strings EndsApril 28
Concert Dress RehearsalMay 2
Spring ConcertMay 3


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.