Intensive Community Program (ICP)
The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program (ICP)
Created in 1998 ICP is a rigorous string instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to underrepresented communities. Through this training, ICP members audition into the BYSO’s progressively advanced orchestral ensembles with the goal of gaining admission into the organization’s premier ensemble, Boston Youth Symphony. Each ICP student strives for excellence through the challenge of learning to play the violin, viola, cello or bass. Through discipline and creativity, individuality and teamwork, students accomplish personal and group goals. The results are young people who develop high aspirations and love to work hard towards excellence both musically and personally
Every two years, BYSO interviews new students, accepting those who show exceptional interest in studying string instruments and provides them with need-based tuition scholarship, weekly lessons and use of an instrument. All students must pass rigorous performance evaluations in order to maintain their ICP membership, which may continue through high school. ICP currently serves 69 students, 16 are beginners and 47 children have been accepted by audition into BYSO orchestras.
ICP CELEBRATES 15 YEARS!
- For 15 years ICP has brought exceptional music training to students with no previous experience and who may not otherwise have access to it, enabling them to develop the skills necessary for admission into BYSO's most advanced orchestras.
- For 15 years ICP has provided hundreds of students with weekly music lesson, ensemble classes and use of an instrument.
- For 15 years ICP has forged successful and lasting partnerships with many organizations throughout Boston and the surrounding communities including Boston University, Roxbury Community College, Noble and Greenough Schools, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Museum of African American History, The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events.
- For 15 years ICP has offered a number of FREE concerts each season throughout Boston neighborhoods providing unique concert experiences for Boston children and families in underrepresented communities.
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ICP Faculty and Staff
For more information please contact Ashleigh Gordon, ICP Coordinator at ICP@bu.edu or call 617.353.5330 during ICP office hours: Tuesdays-Fridays 10:00-2:00pm