Chicago Orchestral Academy is a comprehensive youth orchestral training program and is comprised of two seasonal high-level youth orchestras: Protégé Philharmonic Fellowship which runs from September through May; and Summer Prelude which runs from mid-June to early August.
What does “comprehensive orchestral training” actually mean? The most important criteria are as follows:
(1) The orchestra must have a masterful teacher at the helm who has the experience and capability to teach all the intricate details involved in playing orchestral classical music. Joseph Glymph is that teacher.
(2) The music must be challenging and exciting to keep the interest level of the musicians very high. COA is known for its incredible repertoire!
(3) The bar must be set high when it comes to playing in rhythm; intonation between various sections has to be matched and tuned; all dynamics must be followed to the highest degree; and the music must be played in the style set by the composer. All this teaches flexibility in the students’ individual playing creating an outstanding ensemble. Joseph Glymph never lowers his professional bar and teaches his students to rise up to it.
COA’s training encompasses all facets of being a well-trained orchestra musician. Being a good orchestra player is a very valuable commodity, especially in universities and music conservatories. COA students place high in college auditions and feel very confident in a college orchestra.
We cannot emphasize enough how important the high school years are in the development of young musicians. Time spent in a youth orchestra that is not giving them the important training they need is valuable lost time. COA is a comprehensive youth orchestra where they can set themselves up for college, i.e., students who have participated in COA through high school get placed in top orchestras, with positions as high as principal of various sections.
Not planning to major in music in college? Many COA students who do not major in music receive scholarships just for playing in an orchestra at the college they attend.
We look forward to meeting the next generation of the Chicago Orchestral Academy!
Protege Philharmonic Summer Prelude
Our Protégé Philharmonic Summer Prelude is the only summer orchestra offered locally. The six week program provides a foundation and right of passage for the Protégé Philharmonic Fellowship. The Summer Prelude orients the orchestra to the rigor of the music, and the poise of performing professionally through two summer concerts. Their onstage presence is greatly due to the chemistry amongst the players. As Summer Prelude players launch into the Protégé Philharmonic Fellowship in overwhelming numbers, they bring with them this chemistry, confidence, and musical sophistication.
Protege Philharmonic Fellowship
The Protégé Philharmonic Fellowship follows on the heels of the Summer Prelude, beginning September through May. Protégé Fellows are held to ambitious rehearsals once a week, their efforts culminating in four concerts in the course of the fellowship.
The fellowship is a milestone experience crafted for the passionate and driven. Once a Protégé Fellow, always a Protégé Fellow; we support students using the fellowship on applications, resumes and in interviews. Our talented high school and advanced junior high students easily hold their own with The Classical Symphony Orchestra, its adult counterpart.
Rehearsals are held at: Classical Symphony Hall
218 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 260
Chicago, Illinois 60604
"The Region's premier youth orchestra...The Protégé Philharmonic, an orchestra of some of the finest musicians from high schools & junior highs in the region. Their hard work played out to rave reviews.”