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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.

Audition Dates:

Monday January 26 – 5-7pm – Echols Conference Center

By appointment—you may call us at 788-7253

Symphonic 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.


Register Now: Youth Symphony Program Registration Form (PDF)


Symphonic Orchestra Schedule/Info.


Spring 2015 
Rehearsal Begins

January 26 - 6-8PM

Echols Conference Center

Symphonic 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


Spring 2015 
Rehearsal BeginsJanuary 26
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 Mondays from 5 - 6PM. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up today!!

  • All rehearsals take place in the the Echols building room 119 

Spring 2015 
Rehearsal beginsJanuary 26
Prelude Strings EndsApril 27
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 Prelude Strings and Academy Orchestra is $175 each.  Symphonic Orchestra tuition is $200. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with all registration forms.  The deposit is non-refundable.  Please note that all tuition and fees must be paid prior to the first day of class unless payment arrangements have been made.  

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