Orchestra Day 2024

Dr. Mark Laycock and the Vance Music students from a past Orchestra Day.

Vance Music is pleased to once again invite students to participate in an orchestra day! After several years of hiatus, we are excited to reinstate this tradition. This year’s Orchestra Day will be June 1st, 2024. This event is for all instruments, including piano, guitar & voice. Current students should let us know ASAP via the attendance form below if can, or cannot, participate.

What Is Orchestra Day?

Several students preparing for orchestra day. A young violin student is featured.

Orchestra Day is an opportunity for students to experience what it is like to be part of a large-group ensemble under a conductor. This year’s guest conductor is Dr. Mark Laycock, current Director Of Orchestras & Coordinator Of Strings at WSU and Director of the Wichita Youth Symphony Program. Both Vance Music students and staff members will serve as ensemble members.

Music is selected and arranged by Vance Music staff to suit student levels. Students may not perform on every song, depending on their level and instrument. Unlike the Christmas recital, no rehearsals aside from Orchestra Day are required. (Parents & students are welcome to coordinate rehearsals of their own for fun; many students enjoy and are motivated by getting together with their friends to rehearse.)

On Orchestra Day, students will rehearse under the direction of Dr. Laycock from 1:15pm to 4:45pm at Tyler Road Baptist Church. There will be a break during the rehearsal, as well as a question-and-answer session with the conductor. At 6:45pm, students will return to the church to prepare for the concert, which will start at 7:00pm and end no later than 8:00pm.

Orchestra Day Attendance

Current students in Kansas:

If your teacher thinks you should perform in this year’s orchestra, you’ll see your name & instrument(s) on the Orchestra Day 2024 Attendance Form. Let us know your attendance status ASAP; we will be calling families we have not heard from by Tuesday, May 7th, 2024.

Current students outside of Kansas:

If you would like to travel to Wichita and participate, please email Marissa (marissa@vancemusic.com) about joining our ensemble! Please get in touch with us by Tuesday, May 7th, 2024.

Former students:

We would love to include former students again this year! If you have continued playing/singing, please email Marissa (marissa@vancemusic.com) about joining our ensemble! Please get in touch with us by Tuesday, May 7th, 2024.

Orchestra students participating in rehearsal.

Stay Tuned For More Information About Orchestra Day

Two young piano players relaxing in the break on orchestra day.

As we near the event, we’ll use this space to post updates about the event.

Remember, you can earn free lessons by referring other students to Vance Music! Inviting friends and colleagues to come to Vance Music concerts and recitals is a great way to start these conversations.

Concert tickets will cost $10, and be available at the door (cash only). Parents of Vance Music students may purchase tickets in advance (cash or check).

    Event Overview

    Tyler Road Baptist Church

    571 S. Tyler Road Wichita, Ks 67209

    Saturday, June 1st, 2024

    1:00 PM Rehearsal Call Time

    1:15 – 4:45 PM Rehearsal

    6:45 PM Concert Call Time

    7:00 PM Concert