BYSO is proud to announce its newest program within its Intensive Community Program – ICP Winds
. For 18 years, the BYSO Intensive Community Program (ICP) has focused solely on string instrument training, providing string instrument lessons on violin viola, cello, and bass. In January 2017, ICP officially expanded to include several orchestral woodwind and brass instruments. Under the continued direction of ICP Artistic Director Nicole Cariglia
, the winds expansion of ICP is led by BYSO conductor and winds specialist, Janet Underhill
and supported by ICP Brass Assistant Renee Hagelberg and ICP Coordinator Olivia McClendon.
BYSO opened the application process for ICP Winds recruitment in December of 2016 and interviewed 53 students grades 2-6 in January at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. 19 students were then selected to join the winter 2017 Music Workshop Series. This March, ten of those children advanced into the program as the first-ever class of ICP Winds students.
Pictured, brass students from ICP Winds pose for a selfie with ICP Brass Assistant Renee Hagelberg at their first meeting on March 19.
As members of ICP, ICP Winds students will attend weekly lessons, ensemble class, and summer workshops. Students will have the opportunity to perform at concerts throughout the year with BYSO and to make a difference in the community through outreach concerts at area hospitals and retirement homes. Every member of ICP is provided with use of an instrument and has access to need based financial aid.
ICP Winds is funded in part by generous support from the Klarman Family Foundation, the Rowland Foundation and an anonymous BYSO alumnus.
Read more about Janet Underhill, Intensive Community Program Assistant Director for Winds:
Janet Underhill, a native of British Columbia, Canada, is a bassoonist, teacher and arts administrator in the Boston area. For her ten years of managing and developing the chamber music program for BYSO, Janet was the recipient of the 2001 Kay Logan Award, a national award for excellence in chamber music teaching. Currently she serves as a bassoon instructor at Boston College, Northeastern University, South Shore Conservatory, Gordon College, and Community Music Center of Boston where she also is the Director of their Senior Wind Ensemble. Janet is a founding member of Arcadian Winds, a woodwind quintet specializing in contemporary music, which has commissioned and premiered more than 50 works. Solo performances include concertos with The Pittsburgh Symphony, Simon Sinfonetta, Harvard University Mozart Society Orchestra, as well as solo performances at the International Double Reed Conference in Minneapolis, The Fromm Series at Harvard University, the Gaudeamus Competition in Rotterdam, Holland, The Women’s Avant Festival in Chicago, The Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont, The Outoftowners series in New York City, CrossSounds in Alaska, Alea III in Naxos, Greece and Soundwaves in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a soloist and ensemble member she appeared in over 30 CDs and numerous radio broadcasts. Also interested in archival projects, she has developed a cataloging system for ethnic recordings with composer Martin Bartlett, and has organized Gunther Schuller’s personal collection.
More about ICP:
The Intensive Community Program (ICP),
directed by Nicole Cariglia is a rigorous instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to students from communities traditionally underrepresented in the classical music field by providing lessons, instruments, and need-based financial aid. After two to three years of rigorous study, ICP students are typically prepared to audition into one of BYSO's orchestras and are eventually expected to progress into the Boston Youth Symphony, BYSO's premier ensemble. There are currently 82 students in ICP and 52 have successfully become members of BYSO orchestras. Through discipline and creativity, individuality and teamwork, students accomplish personal and group goals, helping young people to develop high aspirations and strive towards excellence.
ICP offers a number of FREE concerts each season throughout Boston neighborhoods providing unique concert experiences for children and families. ICP has also forged successful and lasting partnerships with many organizations throughout Boston and the surrounding communities including Boston University, Roxbury Community College, Noble and Greenough School, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Museum of African American History and the City of Boston. 55% of ICP students reside in the city of Boston and 100% of ICP graduates have enrolled in a 4-year college or university.
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Photos at top by Michael J. Lutch