The Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra will travel to New York City for a solo performance at Carnegie Hall on June 13, 2017. The orchestra will perform its own program, highlighting the unique talents of more than 60 musicians from throughout the Owensboro area.
The Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra was chosen from an audition recording submitted in the spring of 2015 to World Projects, sponsor of the event. Only two other select groups were chosen to participate, and they are from Stockach, Germany and Woodland, California.
While in New York, the student musicians will have the chance to also perform in Central Park, work with a world-class conductor, see a Broadway show and enjoy the many cultural and historic sites in Manhattan. “The opportunity to hear and support other musicians from around the globe will expand each student’s view of the world and build friendships that will only grow with time,” said Tom Stites, Youth Orchestra Director.
Interested in the Youth Orchestra?
There are still openings in several sections of the Youth Orchestra for the current season. Openings include 2nd oboe, viola, and percussion (2). A student interested in joining the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra should contact Greg Olson, Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Coordinator at [email protected], to arrange an audition.
Support the Carnegie Hall Performance
Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra students are raising funds for the trip. One-third of the trip’s cost has already been raised or pledged, while another third will be paid by the individual students. Additional funding needed for the trip is being raised through donations from friends of the student musicians and the community. Persons interested in supporting this project can do so by contacting Greg Olson.
The public is invited to hear, both the Owensboro Symphony Youth and String ensembles in performance on May 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. in RiverPark Center Cannon Hall. The orchestras also host an annual Dinner Concert each year and it will be held on March 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Blessed Mother Parrish Hall, 601 East 23rd Street, Owensboro. Tickets for all of these events can be purchased in advance from an Owensboro Symphony Youth or String Orchestra member, at the door on the evening of the performance or by contacting Greg Olson.
About the Owensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra
The Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Stites and the String Orchestra under the direction of Wade Wiggins, are an integral part of the Owensboro Symphony’s education and community engagement efforts. These youth programs provide specialized training to nearly 100 talented young musicians each year, some of whom go on to join leading American symphony orchestras. In addition, several adults and college students who wish to continue their career as instrumentalists also rehearse and perform in the orchestra training program.
The Owensboro Symphony Youth and String Orchestras are sponsored by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and are made possible in part through generous grants from the Horace L. Temple Trust, the City of Owensboro, Daviess County Fiscal Court, and the Kentucky Arts Council.