2017-18 Season Auditions

Allegretto auditions take place in the late spring of each calendar year. Below are this coming season's audition dates.

Audition Registration Deadline: May 22, 2017 (early registration recommended)

  • Audition Date #1: Saturday, June 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Audition Date #2: Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Audition Date #3: Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Audition Locations:
Auditions #1 and #2: First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St, Lancaster
Audition #3: Dr. Norcross’ office, 111 Meyran Hall, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster

Audition requirements: PMEA District solo for 2016-2017, AND excerpts that will be emailed to the applicant upon their registration.  Sight reading is often part of the audition as well.

Registration Fee: $10 (no fee for returning Allegretto members)

Parent and Player Information

Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra is a highly selective orchestra for high school age students from Lancaster County and surrounding areas.


The mission of Allegretto is to create a joyful orchestral experience for our youth that focuses on rehearsing and presenting challenging repertoire from classical time periods to world premieres.


The Allegretto rehearsal concept is intensive and unique. There are six rehearsals scheduled over a 3-4 week time period to prepare for each performance. Members receive their music before the first rehearsal and are expected to prepare their individual parts at the highest level.


Given the short rehearsal process attendance for all rehearsals is mandatory. The design of Allegretto is that every voice in the orchestra is important and significant. The expectation for each member is equally high and important. Rehearsals are about the process of re-hearing the music that we are preparing. In this process the members respond and react to each other, making the ensemble a constantly evolving and developing group of musicians. Appropriate and thorough practice and preparation is expected for each rehearsal so that the musicians can respond and react to each other.


There is a $180 registration fee, which helps defray the costs of the ensemble. For students who are participating in two of the three concerts, the registration is $150. Students are expected to be part of at least two of the three concerts each season.


There is a $10 audition registration fee. Returning students have this fee waived.


Allegretto rehearses and performs at The Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster. For students who are driving, it is recommended to park in the Prince Street garage and obtain a $4 parking voucher from the information desk at the Ware Center. This will reduce the parking fee for rehearsals to only $4.


Dress for Allegretto concerts is formal. Women must wear solid black. Slacks are the normal dress for women. Dresses and skirts are also fine, but must be below the knee when seated. Men must wear either a dark or black suit or black tux, with white shirt and tie. Appropriate formal foot attire is required for everyone.

2017-18 Rehearsal Dates

Fall 2017 Concert

Tuesday, September 12, 2017   7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017   2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2017  7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017  2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017  7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017  7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017  1:30 pm rehearsal call, 4:00 pm performance 


Winter 2018 Concert

Tuesday, January 16, 2018   7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018  2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, January 30, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, February 4, 2018   2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, February 18, 2018  1:30 pm rehearsal call, 4:00 pm performance


Spring 2018 Concert

Tuesday, March 27, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 3, 2018  7:00-9:00 pm

Sunday, April 8, 2018  2:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 10, 2018   7:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2018   7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday, April 22, 2018  2:00-5:00 pm
Sunday, April 29, 2018  1:30 pm rehearsal call, 4:00 pm performance