December 3rd rehearsal Bring stands.

December 10 - rehearsal and end of year potluck.

Bring an unmarked bag of treats for a game and a dish to share for the potluck.

December 17th to January 6th break

January 7 - Rehearsal

January 14 - Bring a Friend for pizza - stay for an audition! 

January 20th - 3:00 p.m. OneSound Sunday Sensory-Friendly Concert St. Clare, O'Fallon

April 27th 7:30 p.m. - Side by Side of one selection with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra

Dress rehearsal for this concert is Monday, April 23rd, Tuesday, April 24th, April 27th, Saturday, 27th for 1/2 hour - times to be announced. 

Bring Stands to the Monday, April 23rd YO rehearsal. The other ensembles will be using the stands for their dress rehearsal.

June 3rd - tentative start date of summer intergenerational orchestra

June 27th - tentative summer concert. 


Musician Call is typically two hours prior to the start of the concert. Concerts are generally on Saturdays. Venue permitting Saturday concerts are at 2:00 p.m. with a musician call of noon. Because of venue or scheduling around the various Philharmonic ensemble or school music activities, we will occasionally have a Sunday Concert. These typically start at 3:00 p.m. Please make ever effort to attend the full rehearsal. If you are going to be late please contact us ahead of time. 


Busy musicians enjoy breaks because they give them an opportunity to visit with fellow musicians, get something to eat or drink, and take a mental break. Please consider signing up to bring food or drinks. Since there is not anyone regularly creating at the hall to create trash, the Philharmonic practices a bring in- pack out model and does not have trash service. We try to recycle so we generate 1/2 of a large trash bag of trash and a small box of recycling. Please consider helping out by taking the trash at the end of the rehearsal. 


Registered youth receive membership cards which allow them to get into any of the subscription series Philharmonic concerts, including the Sunday evening performance of the Nutcracker. Family members need to purchase separate tickets. This does not include the piano series concerts.

Concert Schedule


The Tuerck Memorial Concert is a concert that highlights the youth concerto winners from the spring George N. Tuerck Concerto Competition.

Farewell to Seniors Concert - We honor those graduating high school seniors by featuring solos performed by these musicians. Seniors who wish to participate should talk with Dr. Burke in the late winter/spring about their selection. Musicians who remain in the area after graduation are welcome to come back to mentor younger musicians!


Rehearsals for the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra are Mondays 
5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Belleville Philharmonic Hall. Sometimes we will have sectionals off-site. We rehearse on most holidays. The exception is Christmas and New Year's Eve if they fall on a Monday.

Youth Orchestra Member Page

Ways to Become a Better Musician


Concert Attire is white oxford style button up dress shirt with black dress pants, black socks and black dress shoes. Girls may wear long black skirts with black tights. No short skirts. Shoes should be dress flats. Look sharp!

Tuerck Memorial Concert
December 1, 2018
2:00 p.m.

Winter Concert
Sunday, February 24, 2019
3:00 pm

Shrine Retirement Center

Tuerck Concerto Competition
Saturday, March 9, 2019
By appointment
Philharmonic Hall
116 N. Jackson, Belleville

Spring Concert
Saturday, May 11, 2019 2:00 p.m.


"For the Love of Music Since 1866"


Members are encouraged to take private lessons from a music teacher who specializes in their instrument. If you need a list of teachers, please ask Dr. Burke or one of the parent volunteers. As Dr. Burke likes to say find that teacher who can teach you the secret handshake for your instrument!


Sectionals are a chance for musicians to meet with other members in their instrument group and work on repertoire as well as technique. Generally, these are conducted by an adult  musician or a member of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra


​Musicians are encouraged to attend rehearsals. We understand that school and family commitments come first. Please fill out the online absence form if you will not be at a rehearsal.