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Missouri Youth Orchestra Junior Strings

Missouri Youth Orchestra Junior Strings
Dustin Frieda, MYO Junior Strings Director
University of Missouri School of Music
140 Fine Arts Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211-6120
phone: 573-882-2748 fax: 573-884-7444

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140 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211-6120
phone: 573-882-2605 fax: 573-884-7444

The Missouri Youth Orchestra was founded in 2006 by the University of Missouri’s School of Music to offer young string players a supportive and engaging group environment to further their musical development.  Working closely with the Missouri String Project, the Missouri Youth Orchestra Junior Strings offers string orchestra experience for 5th through 8th grade students.  Students are separated into Intermediate Strings (5/6) and Junior Strings (7/8) to give every player a challenging and rewarding musical experience.  The time that young string players have with the MYO Junior Strings prepares them for a wide variety of musical experiences, and is great for students of any level.



The MYO Junior Strings meets every Sunday afternoon during the school year, and culminates each semester in a large orchestra concert. Intermediate Strings (5/6) meet from 2:00PM – 3:00PM on Sunday afternoons, and sectionals are offered by the Missouri String Project from 5:10PM – 6:00PM on Wednesday afternoons.  Junior Strings (7/8) meet every Sunday from 3:10PM – 5:00PM.

Regular rehearsals are in Loeb Hall, Room 201 (5th St. and Elm); Intermediate Strings (5/6) Wednesday classes take place in the Fine Arts Building (University Ave and Hitt St.).

2014-2015 Concerts are scheduled for:

December 14, 3:00PM – 5:00 PM – Whitmore Recital Hall
May 10, 3:00PM – 5:00PM – Whitmore Recital Hall


Tuition for all Intermediate Strings (5/6) students is $180 per semester, and for Junior Strings (7/8) it is $150. Full payment is due by the second rehearsal.

Please make checks payable to MU School of Music and send to:

Attn: MYO Junior Strings
MU School of Music
140 Fine Arts Building
Columbia, MO 65211

Credit Cards: MYO Junior Strings is now accepting credit card payments in person at the Community Programs office (140 Fine Arts Building) or over the phone at 573-882-2605

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Upcoming Events:

Placement auditions information coming soon.


Find a private teacher!  We highly encourage private instruction to make sure that your child is getting the individual instruction they need to reach their full potential.  Contact Dustin Frieda at 573-882-2748 or for a recommended list of highly qualified local teachers, or the Community Music Program which connects students with skilled instructors at the University of Missouri.