Membership in the Austin Youth Intermezzo Orchestra is open to all interested students grades 3 to 8 who qualify through the audition process. Students from schools with orchestra programs must be a member in good standing in their school orchestra. Membership in the AYO program is contingent upon return of the membership acceptance form with the school orchestra director's signature verifying that the student is a member in good standing in the school orchestra program and payment of the tuition fee.
Dana Wygmans, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from Alma College in Michigan and a Master's in Bass Performance from University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with DaXun Zhang. She has played with a variety of orchestras in both Michigan and Texas, including the Alma Symphony, Grand Valley Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, UT Symphony Orchestra, UT New Music Ensemble, and UT Wind Ensemble. Dana currently performs in a wide array of settings, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, soul, rock, and folk groups. She currently plays with the folk band American Dreamer.
She is currently the Assistant Director for the UT Austin String Project and Bass Teaching Artist for Austin Soundwaves, an El-Sistema inspired program. Previously, she served as Director of Orchestras at Murchison Middle School and East Austin College Prep. She has been teaching classical double bass privately for 15 years and her students have ranged from beginners of all ages to advanced college-bound young adults.
The Intermezzo Orchestra rehearses on Monday evenings of the fall and spring semesters, 6:00–7:00 P.M.