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Youth Orchestra


Bringing together the most talented instrumental musicians,
age 14-19, in the Spartanburg area!

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The Spartanburg Philharmonic proudly announces the formation of a brand new Youth Orchestra for instrumental students in Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas. We aim to bring together the best talent in our area, ages 14-19 — whether public, private, or home schooled — for a unique and high-quality symphonic experience.

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To provide a rewarding experience for talented young musicians in the greater Spartanburg area who wish to expand their knowledge of symphonic literature, as well as participate in high quality musical performances with a professional, dynamic conductor. 


Online Forms

The following forms must be printed and signed by a Parent/Guardian before returning to the Philharmonic offices:

Updated Members Forms will be handed out at the first rehearsal. Parents must review, approve, and sign their student’s form before returning to a Youth Orchestra Manager.



Susana M. Lalama

Youth Orchestra Conductor

Susana M. Lalama, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Converse College. Prior to her graduate degrees, she was Director of Bands at Barbara Goleman High School in Miami, Florida. Under her direction, the wind ensemble, jazz band, and marching band were recognized for their artistic well-prepared performances and consistently received superior ratings at district and state music performance assessments.

At Converse College, when not conducting the Converse Wind Ensemble, Dr. Lalama teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in instrumental music education and conducting, and supervises student teachers in instrumental music. She also serves as the adviser of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education at Converse. She serves on the South Carolina Music Educators Association executive board as Chair of Music Teacher Educators, President-Elect for the Higher Education Division, and Editor of the SC Musician, the official publication of SCMEA.

Dr. Lalama is an active scholar, presenter, and researcher in music education. She has presented music education workshops on topics such as such as strategies for teaching beginning band, teaching intonation, classroom management for large ensembles, the student teaching experience, avoiding teacher pitfalls, and bringing out the artistry in teaching. Her research interests include perceptions of teacher caring, student social behaviors, and music teacher identity.

She has been recognized in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was honored in 2009 for the Women in Action organization by being named Outstanding Woman of the Year. She is a member of many national and international professional organizations and has conducted several honor bands regionally. Dr. Lalama currently serves as an active band clinician, adjudicator, instrumental music education consultant, and mentor to new teachers.

  • Ph.D. in Music Education, University of Miami - 2014

  • M.M. in Music Education, University of Miami - 2011

  • B.M. in Music Education, University of Miami - 2002

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Tuition Payment

Youth Orchestra Annual Membership
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Sponsorship is offered in the form of a full or partial tuition waiver. Applications are due no later than Sunday, August 18, the first day of rehearsals. All of the information is confidential and used only to determine eligibility for sponsorship. Sponsorship is a work-study-based award, and sponsorship does not affect the standing a musician has in the orchestra.

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Click the link above to download a fillable PDF of the application. Once completed and signed you may email it to:

or mail it to:

Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
200 E. Saint John St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Youth Orchestra Calendar



Sundays @ 3:30 PM
Twichell Auditorium at the Zimmerli Performance Center
Converse College


Sundays from 3:00-5:00 PM
Mayfarth Rehearsal Hall
Blackman Music Building
Converse College

  • May 16, 2019 - Deadline to register for 2019-2020 Auditions

  • May 18, 2019 - Auditions for Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

  • May 19, 2019 - Auditions for Strings

  • August 18, 2019 - rehearsals begin for the Oct. 27 concert

  • Sept. 1 - no rehearsal

  • October 27, 2019 - CONCERT #1 @ 3:30 PM

  • Nov. 3 & 10 - no rehearsals

  • November 10, 2019 - Concerto Auditions

  • November 17, 2019 - rehearsals begin for the Feb. 9 concert

  • Dec. 22 & 29 - no rehearsals

  • Jan. 5, 2020 - rehearsals resume

  • February 9, 2020 - CONCERT #2 @ 3:30 PM

  • February 16, 2020 - rehearsals begin for the Apr. 26 concert

  • Mar. 29 - no rehearsal (Spring Break)

  • April 5, 2020 - rehearsal day

  • April 12, 2020 - no rehearsal (Easter Sunday)

  • April 26, 2020 - CONCERT #3 @ 3:30 PM



If you have questions that are not answered on our FAQ page, please feel free to email our Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra co-managers, Helen Tipton and Bob Borden: