In September 2010,
The Young Players Philharmonic begins its 10th Season
. The YPP
started in the Spring of 2001 as a summer festival for young advanced
string players who wanted to play during the summer months.
Throughout its existence it has grown to a full symphony
orchestra comprised of young, very talented, advanced players and
has a full academic year season.
The YPP is an independent orchestra which is not
funded by the state, private corporations or an umbrella organization.
It exists totally on very nominal membership fees collected at
the beginning of the season. It does not have elaborate brochures
for recruitment, nor periodic news letters sent to the general public and
it does not tour or make foreign trips. Its basic purpose it to
train young musicians to rehearse and perform the standard and
challenging symphonic literature at a high level at weekly rehearsals
and two yearly concerts. We do not require members to fund
raise nor seek sponsors.
Our young artists are trained by the conductor and
music director, Ira Kraemer who is a professional conductor and who in
1960-61 studied with the renowned conductor, Pierre Monteux
and from 1961-65 studied with the well known Austrian conductor, Carl
Bamberger who recorded extensively in the 1950's. Mr.
Kraemer's service to the YPP is without fee. He demands a high
level of performance and achieves it without being overbearing on his
young players so that they have a positive experience each week at
rehearsals. His accomplishments as a conductor and composer have
been recognized by Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the
Players wishing to audition for placement in the YPP
are urged to do so early in the Summer months if possible .
Auditions are held on an open and ongoing basis. Please see
our openings page for what positions are currently available. You
may also download our current application form which states the
requirements for admission. Seating is determined by the
conductor and is based upon ability and seniority. We do not
audition competitively however players are expected to play at a high level of proficiency.
The repertoire for YPP is the standard symphonic literature
played by all of the major orchestras. It is demanding and
rewarding. It is our philosophy to make our players better
musicians by avoiding arrangements and simplified versions of the
standard orchestral literature.
year 2011-12 has brought about a very large number of budget cuts to
music programs statewide. With its very reasonable membship fee,
the YPP has always been a great resource for advanced young players to
learn and perform the standard symphonic repertoire at a high
level. Now with the reduction of funding to music programs
throughout the State of New Jersey, the YPP is an even more valuable
resource for those who join us. Players should seriously consider
this worthwhile Sunday afternoon activity.
Some of our alumni have gone off to the following Colleges and Universities:
Juilliard School of Music
New York University
Harvey Mudd College
Trenton State University
University of Pennsylvania
U.S. Military Academy at West Point