About the Program

Books, Brushes & Bands for Education’s Midwest Youth Orchestra is open to students grades 3 and above. The traditional method of string instruction incorporates sequential-based curriculum focused on instrumental technique, musical knowledge, musical skills and musical etiquette.

All Midwest Youth Orchestra students may compete in the Books, Brushes & Bands Midwest Youth Artist Contest – date to be announced.

2019 Summer


The Midwest Youth Orchestra & Midwest Youth Symphony is open for students in grades 3 and above. There is no residency restriction to participate.

Location: Calumet College of St. Joseph – 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting, IN (parking behind the school)
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
End Date: August 1 – Concert
Tuition Cost: $200.00 (Symphony prices may vary if students are enrolled in Band or Orchestra)
Instrument Rental: $35.00


Tuition is not due in full until July 18, 2019. There is a minimum monthly payment that is due of $20.00 every month. If a payment is missed, a $10.00 late fee will be applied.

Youth Orchestra

Students must have at least 1 year of experience.

Times: 5:15 – 6:15 pm

Youth Symphony Orchestra

Students selected by discretion of instructors (both band and orchestra). Students with at least 2 years experience may audition.

Times: 6:15 – 7:15 pm

2019-2020 Academic Year

Location: Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts – 6915 Grand Avenue (Door F)
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
End Date: coming soon!
Tuition Cost: $400.00 for the entire school year
Instrument Rental: $112.00 (for the entire academic year)


Tuition is not due in full until April 1, 2020. There is a minimum monthly payment that is due of $20.00 every month. If a payment is missed, a $10.00 late fee will be applied.

There are multiple tuition fundraisers throughout the school year for parents to sell items and receive money off of their tuition.

Tuition assistance is available. Contact us for more information: 219.932.3232

Beginning Orchestra

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

For students with a year or less of playing experience on violin, viola, cello or bass.
Only instruments we offer for rent are violin and cello.

Start Date: Coming soon!

Experienced Orchestra

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

For students with more experience of playing traditional stringed instruments. Instruments that we offer to rent are violin and cello, but students may bring their own bass or viola.

2019 Start Date: Coming soon!

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