Debut Orchestra

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Hear the future now

Debut Orchestra Classes in Kansas City

The Beginning Steps

Our Debut Orchestra is a preparatory string orchestra made up of 4th grade students from our Junior School who play their instruments at a level equivalent to Suzuki books 2 & 3. Debut Orchestra performs arrangements of symphonic literature and original compositions. It provides the foundations for exemplary performance and musicality, developing students’ skills as they continue their foray into instrumental study.

This orchestra is an ideal first step for students who have taken prior lessons and wish to train outside of the classroom. In addition, our Debut Orchestra in Kansas City accommodates homeschool programs as a way for students to perform alongside their peers from around the Kansas City area.


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Meet the Conductor

Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Anna Cook is a music educator and cellist in the Kansas City area. She holds cello performance and music education degrees from Bethel College and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. Anna began her teaching career in Wilson, Kansas, and is currently the orchestra director at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, KS, where she has been since 2015.

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Upcoming Performances

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Ready to join YSKC? 

View our 2024/2025 audition information to learn more about joining our Debut Orchestra in Kansas City!

Audition Information

About YSKC

YSKC was founded as The Youth Symphony of the Heart of America by Leo Scheer consisting of an orchestra of 80 musicians, 22 and younger. Incorporated in 1958, YSKC has enjoyed a vibrant history as the musical home to students in Kansas City. Today, the Youth Symphony of Kansas City serves more than 400 musicians in grades 5-12 and is comprised of four full orchestras, a preparatory strings ensemble, multiple ancillary programs, the Opus 76 Quartet Residency, and our new YSKC Academy program. Throughout its 65 years of programming, YSKC has built an alumni class of more than 10,000, completed international tours to Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, and performed at numerous prestigious festivals and conferences nationwide.

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