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Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies (CHYS)
Conveniently located in Framingham, CHYS provides dedicated young musicians with advanced orchestral training in an atmosphere that is challenging, yet supportive and fun. Past repertoire includes symphonies by Dvorak, Brahms, and Schubert. Spring semester repertoire usually includes some lighter compositions such as film scores and jazz arrangements.
CHYS is the “Orchestra in Residence” at the Framingham Campus of Massachusetts Bay Community College and is part of MassBay’s Cultural Alliance. The orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons at MassBay’s Framingham campus, at the intersection of Normandy and Flagg Streets, off Route 126 between Framingham Center and Route 9. CHYS musicians enjoy a lengthy rehearsal period of about ten weeks, which allows for both thorough preparation of challenging repertoire and time off during most public school vacations. Concerts in January and May conclude each semester.
Our students come from Ashland, Belmont, Chelmsford, Chestnut Hill, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Natick, Newton, Northborough, Northbridge, Norwood, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, South Grafton, Southborough, Sutton, Upton, West Roxbury, Westborough, and Westford.
Attendance and rehearsal expectations are very high. Students commit to weekly Sunday afternoon rehearsals. Students also agree to work on CHYS music with their private teachers, and commit to the concert appearances. The schedule for rehearsals and performances is published before the season starts.
Claflin Hill Youth Symphony Orchestra- Senior orchestra
CHYS Repertory Ensemble- Beginning string ensemble training
CHYS Symphonic Youth Wind Ensemble
Chamber ensembles composed of various instruments depending on each semester's needs
Our Symphonic Youth Wind Ensemble is led by our Music Director, Mr. Paul Surapine. This group will play original, full score compositions that will be challenging and fun. This Ensemble will provide woodwind, brass and percussion musicians with an opportunity to explore the wealth of repertoire written especially for winds and percussion at the same high level and intensity that the youth orchestra works at, bringing a whole new dimension to the CHYS experience.
The Claflin-Hill Symphony Orchestra (www.claflinhill.org) is our professional orchestra based in Milford, MA. Claflin Hill absorbed the former Metrowest Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2013. We regularly schedule the professional orchestra musicians as mentors for our young musicians to lead smaller sectional rehearsals (winds, brass, violins, and low strings) with focus on those parts and to provide Musicianship Classes and Concerto Competition. Students learn from established professionals and gain a better understanding of music and musicianship.