July and August were busy months for young BYSO musicians. In late August, BYSO held its annual two-week summer camp at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine, for members of BYS, REP and JRO. Students took part in intensive rehearsals with BYSO conductors and artistic staff, while creating friendships with fellow orchestra members. During their time in Maine, students also had the opportunity to participate in swimming, kayaking, soccer, talent shows, karaoke, and more. It’s a great way to start the season. In July, students in BYSO’s Intensive Community Program (ICP) participated in summer music camps at Noble and Greenough School.
Current and past BYSO graduating seniors have shared their favorite memories from their time at BYSO, and many of them have said that camp is one of their favorite memories. We asked, “Tell us about some of your favorite BYSO experiences”:
“BYSO camp is always one of the highlights of the year. As a place to focus solely on music-making and spending time with friends, it’s a great way to start the year. From sectionals in the morning to activities at night, those memories will always be a highlight of my experience at BYSO.” -Jeffrey Zhu, ’18
“BYSO camp and playing Symphonic Metamorphosis.” -Maria Tu, ’18
“Camp every summer with friends.” -Lailoo Perriello, ’18
“My first time going to camp…actually every time going to camp!” -Anna Kerber, ’18
“BYSO camp was always a highlight of my summer, since I got the chance to hang out with my friends and enjoy playing music.” -David Kennan, ’18
“I really cherish the friends and memories I’ve made at BYSO camp for the past 4 years that I’ve attended; I can’t think of a specific moment, but I just really enjoyed all of camp and no matter what memory I recall it is always a happy one.” -Amanda Xu, ’18
“I will always remember one rehearsal we had with John at camp during my very first year in BYSO. We were rehearsing Smetana’s Moldau in the bowl at sunset and the music was lacking something. John knew this, so he put his baton down and asked us if we’d ever just sat, alone, with no distractions, and watched the sun rise. I hadn’t. He told us that he’d actually just done this the day before and described the way it made him feel, how it looked and felt too perfect to be real. He described the emotions he had, how it was both a sad and happy moment for him, and told us that we had to channel that kind of energy into our music, the kind of energy you’d get from watching the sun rise, alone. He reminded us of the important job we had, to paint a complete picture for our audience. I don’t know why, but this gave me goosebumps. For all of us, the music suddenly meant more than just notes on a page; it had a purpose. Another moment I’ll always remember happened this summer at camp. During the Q&A with Fed, Fed had spoken about how we shouldn’t blame the great composers of the past, whether it’s Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky, Debussy etc., for the problems of today and we shouldn’t devalue the art of classical music by simply labeling it as “elitist.” In our final rehearsal at camp, Fed resumed this discussion and told us that he hoped we’d graduate from BYSO not only as good musicians, but also as good, decent people who use music as a tool to connect and better the world around them. This lesson is something I’ll carry with me wherever I go.” -Kimia Tabatabaei, ’18
“My favorite BYSO experience was getting to know and make friends at BYSO camp. My friends at BYSO are the kindest and most supportive friends I could have ever asked for and I am so grateful I had this year to create music with them.” -Rachael Chen, ’18
“Meeting lifelong friends at summer camp.” -Alexander Feltner Harrison, ’18
“I debated whether or not to audition for BYSO for an incredibly long time for the sole reason that I might feel inadequate or alone. Beginning the season with a mandatory camp with strangers just seemed to make it worse. But, immediately, I felt so welcome and so appreciated. For three summers, BYSO and its community somehow made endlessly long hours of rehearsal so enjoyable.” -Sun-Jung Yum, ’19
“I’ve made some of my best friends during BYSO camp.” -Chen Chen Huang, ’19
“I really enjoyed experiencing camp and making new friends there. I met a few folks I never would have imagined meeting anywhere else, and I want to keep those friendships alive for as long as possible.” -Olivia Ceterski, ’19
“Summer in Maine has been one of my favorite things about BYSO! Making new friends and learning awesome music is always a highlight.” -Cyan Jean, ’19
“BYSO camp for sure!! I remember my first ever BYSO camp so vividly. I was so excited by how everyone there loved classical music and loved the pieces we were playing—it was my first time being in that kind of environment. It was one of those experiences that solidified why I wanted to go into music.” -Grace Helmke, ’19
“Camp! Got to really work with and connect with byso campers (not just from BYS), and I also got to talk/interact with the conductors outside of rehearsal.” -Christopher Lee, ’19
“One of my favorite experiences has to be the annual summer camp; it’s so beyond inspiring to be surrounded by so many people who care so deeply about music and performance, and it has always pushed me to be better myself.” -Yingzi (Cherry) Xiang, ’19
The winners of this year’s virtual concerto competition are… Boston Youth Symphony Winner: Sean Jang, violin, Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy Repertory Orchestra Winner: Alette Williams, violin, Mendelssohn-Violin Concerto, Movement 1
Congratulations to everyone that participated! Read more about our talented concerto competition winners, Sean and Alette, below:
From the age of five, Sean Jang was recognized as a protégé violinist with a technical facility and musical talent. As a soloist and section leader, he has been leading violin and viola sections for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul’s School (SPS) in Concord, NH, Singapore American School, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, International School of Geneva, Switzerland, Conservatory of Geneva, United Nations Orchestra, San Diego Suzuki Orchestra, Temecula Ensemble, Seoul Ensemble, Duo SI, and JANG Trio. Sean’s musical achievements include 2020 Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner, 2020 Lake Region Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Scholarship 2nd place Winner, 2020 Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner of Audience Choice, 2020 American Protege International Concerto Competition at Carnegie Hall first place winner, 2019 Taiwan International Competition first prize, 2018 Singapore Music Teacher’s Competition gold medal, 2015-2016 Swiss National Youth Music Competition for solo and chamber division winner, Concertmaster in 2018 International School Honor Orchestra, 2020 All-State Music Festival Orchestra, and World premier solo duet ‘Duet of Duet’ dedicated to Sean JANG by Kirt Mosier. Recently he has mesmerized audiences with his outstanding performances at SPS and with Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. He has studied with Dan Dery, Igor Yuzefovich, Min Lee, Yin Ke, and Zoia Bolovsky to pursue his musical career. Sean is currently a sophomore at St. Paul’s School (SPS) in Concord, NH/International School of Geneva. He is preparing for International Competitions and concerts in Geneva, Switzerland and in Boston, MA, USA.
Alette Williams is a 6th grade homeschool student residing in Plymouth, Massachusetts with her parents and her 5 siblings. She is currently studying violin under Dan Flonta of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Drawn to the violin at age three, it quickly became a passion and she hasn’t put it down since. Former instructors who have poured into her growth include Carol Sykes, Nikki Engstrom, and Jenna Potts. Last year she had the exciting and inspiring opportunity to have a lesson with former concertmaster of BSO, Malcolm Lowe. Alette is a self-motivated learner, always seeking to pursue excellence in all she does. She has been performing with BYSO since 2nd grade. Besides playing the violin, she is also a competitive team gymnast. She has a heart for people and for animals. Alette hopes to someday own a farm and pursue a career as either a soloist or as a member of an orchestra.
Welcome back, BYSO students! BYSO’s historic 63rd season began last Sunday with virtual rehearsals. With the help of a variety of online software, brand new Bumblebee microphones, and the adaptability and positive attitudes of our students, all ensembles had a successful first rehearsal. Every BYSO student received a new Bumblebee microphone prior to the start of the season to ensure that their virtual music learning experience is still as enriching and comprehensive as possible. Check out some student microphone unboxing pictures below!
BYSO connects us virtually with one another and with the community!
We are honored to welcome you to what will be a historic 63rd season! We are delighted to have all of you as members of the BYSO family.
This season, we have the opportunity to explore new methods of student engagement and learning. We are consistently looking to re-imagine and evolve to keep our programs imaginative, fresh and exciting for our students and the community!
Online preseasons will take place throughout August. BYS will be exploring all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies as well as other Beethoven works, REP will be studying Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and JRO will be examining Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, “Romeo Alone” from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, and Bizet’s “Farandole”from L’Arlésienne.
Preseason dates: JRO – August 10-14 REP – August 17-21 BYS – August 10-21
Intensive Community Program (ICP) members summer camp dates: ICP JRO, REP, and BYS – August 3-7 ICP Pre-PE, PE, and YPSO – August 11-20 ICP 1st-Year Strings – August 17-21
We look forward to kicking off the season with all of our members on September 13th!
New Bumblebee Microphones
Call for Unboxing Photos and Videos!
All students will be receiving brand new Bumblebee microphones for the start of the season! We want to make each student’s BYSO experience as enriching and professional as possible, and these microphones will help to enhance students’ virtual musical learning experience. Please send us photos/videos of you opening your new microphone! We’ll be posting these photos and videos of students unboxing their microphones with the hashtag #BYSOconnects!
“Bumblebees are social insects—if they knew about the internet and computers, they’d be doing video calls with select friends from their colony, and recording their ideas and instrument practicing to play for others. And this Bumblebee can do the same for you: with its USB interface, excellent audio quality, and super-simple setup with three sonic options (music, voice, and neutral), the Bumblebee is the perfect personal mic for laptops, desktops, tablets, and any other audio device with a USB input.” Click below to learn more about Bumblebee microphones!
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great Ludwig van Beethoven! To celebrate #Beethoven250, Boston Youth Symphony, BYSO’s premier full symphonic orchestra directed by Federico Cortese, will be studying all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies as well as other great Beethoven works during preseason this summer. We look forward to celebrating this great composer’s life throughout the season.
During this season, some of our orchestras will be working on recording projects similar to the “Ode to Joy” from last season. Click below to watch BYSO’s virtual performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” that our students created in April as part of 2020’s #Beethoven250 celebration!
Thanks to our donors, over 500 young musicians were able to experience the incredible personal growth that comes with a high-quality music education this past season. Despite the many challenges posed by recent global events, music making has continued virtually for all of our students. 500+ students served 39 graduating seniors (we’ll miss you!!) 600+ individual supporters 11 weeks of virtual programming.
On behalf of every student, staff member, and board member, thank you! We are so grateful to have supporters like you that believe in our mission of making classical music accessible to all students, regardless of background or circumstance.
19-20 Season Individual Donors:
Dr. David Abraham Meg and Seth Abramowitz Susan B. Abrams ’80 and Protik Majumder Alexandre Adamczyk ’14 Fred Aldrich Reed Alexander and Doris Jurisson Christine Altieri Lindsay Miller and Peter Ambler Erika and Colin Angle Anonymous (50) Matt Applebaum and Julie Cochran Greta Asgeirsson ’09 S. Atwood ’12 John and Terry Avallon Dr. Lloyd Axelrod Dr. Patricia Bachiller and Mr. Todd MacFadden Joyce Rasmussen Balint ’66 Adrian Slywotzky and Christine Balko Slywotzky Bob and Barbara Balliett Amy Barnett and Keith Barnett Susan Baronoff and Peter Nolan Beard Family Charitable Trust Robert Beaser ’72 Rose Bellini ’97 and James Holt Ken and Carol Bello Kathleen and Mark Berger Robert Berger Geoffrey Bergler ’76 Ruth Berry Jean-Marc Berteaux Jane Bestor Neha Bhatia ’13 John and Sophie Bilezikian in honor of Sally Everett ’61 Susan Bishov Ms. Juliana Bloembergen Dalton, ’72 Garen Bohlin and Diana Sorensen Alison and Patrick Bomberg Piotr Boni Peter K. Bonney ’95 Marcia E. Bossart ’59 Ben Brady and Colleen Brannen Elizabeth and Aaron Brady Jean Kessler Brenner ’72 Alan Brock Samir Bukhari and Lynette Sholl Katie and Paul Buttenwieser John Campbell and Susanna Peyton Nicole Cariglia Susan L. Carney ’69 Marc and Kimberlee Carroll Rachel Carroll and Brendan Caroll Debra Ruf-Carson, Kevin Carson, Benjamin Carson Janet Underhill’s Recorder Group Dorrit and Tom Castle Anne Chai Jamie Chang and Sharon Wu Cecilia Chao and Mike Schoenegge Dr. and Mrs. Frank Chau Jessica Chen Peter and Shirley Chen Piu Francis Man Shu-Hui Chen and Jeremy Teunis Zhong and Shi Wen Chen Shiqiu Cheng and Hong Zhang Lucy Chie and Justin Campbell Paul and Wendy Chieffo Valerie Chisholm ’74 Arthur and Christian Chiu Maia David Chiu, ’87 Ilyce and Rob Chizmadia Ellie Choi and Kendrick Chow Qing Chu and Glenn (Le) Wang Eric and Annie Chun Kimberly (Skidmore) Ciccarelli ’87 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Clements Jonathan Cline, ’68 Cobas Family Grandpa & Grandma Cobas Peter and Abby Coffin Christine (Casey) Cohen ’70 Janine and Douglas Cohen Peter Cohen and Karen Wood Theresa Cohen Amy Cook James Cooke and Lisa Crockett Karla Davis Bethany, Jude, Kaveri and Darin Correll Eric Cortell ’82 and Julia Wong Dyane Cotreau William J. Coukos, ’72 Andrew Coutermarsh Thomas Covert ’01 Yvette Cozier and Theodore D’Amico Rob Cunjak and Susan Dunn Oliver and Cynthia Curme The Phillips Family Foundation Clara Davis Louise Davis Emilia De Leo ’14 Ellen Delany Hugo Delgado and Carmen Perlata Dr. Yongqi Deng & Ms. Li Zhen Frank and Dee Dee Dent Corinne DeNucci and Michael DeNucci Yarline Desmornes Kimbell Dicero Larry and Lana Dobkin Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Doggett Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Donahue Jr. Mady and Bruce Donoff Friends of Cecilia O’Keefe Tom and Ellen Draper Ann Drinan ’68 Missy and David Druley Connie and Vaughn Drum Parents of Libby Drum Carrie Du and Peter Zhang Yu Duan Janet and Dan Dubner Catherine Dugan ’11 James Durning Robin W. Dushman Alan and Lisa Dynner Peter and Azelene Edouarzin Eran Egozy ’89 and Yukiko Egozy April and Florian Eichler Joan Ellersick ’76 and Tom Berryman Anat Engel In Memory of Steve Engel ’73 The Estell Family Yves & Dominique Manigat-Estimphile Charles Estus, Jr. ’84 Phyllis Estus Mark Ethier and Claire Cheney Fiona Evans ’12 Robert and Iris Fanger Daniel and Cheryl Farley O’Connor-Farris Family Peter and Michelle Fay Emily Cheng Daniel Fenton and Kyoko Okamura Tom Flaherty, ’68 Mark C. Fleming & Rachel L. Renton Anthony Fogg Kevin Foster and Nadia Chamblin-Foster Raymond and Ida Fridmann Doris and Mike Fritz Cathleen Fuller Fumiko and Kensuke Futai Mark and Sandra Gagnon Elizabeth Gates and Holly Gates Mildrid Gedeon Irene Geronico The Gertler Family Stanley and Betsy Gibson Grateful Alumnus Parents Rachel Goldstein and Dr. Allan Goldstein Ashley Gong Wenjie Hu and Xiaopeng Gong Robert and Cindy Goodof Denise Greaves and Thomas Greaves Robert Green and Noelle Givler Joe and Paulette Grimaldi Xiaozhong Gu and John Gu Donna Guiliano Christina Quin Mrs. Kate Gutierrez and Brendan Albert Susan and Bill Hadge Mr. Thomas Hadley, ’83 Mark and Nancy Haines Stacy Handler Elizabeth Harding Sean C. Harlow Ronald Haroutunian ’74 Christopher E. Hart Elizabeth R. Hartmayer The C. Heard Family The Hedderick Family Bruce and Susan (McCrensky) Heitler ’63 Gloria Herrera Tamar Herzog and Yuval Erlich Diane Hessan and Robert Stringer Sean and Nancy Hill Lisa Ford Hirayama, ’77 Phyllis Hoffman Hoffmann Family Mark and Abby Hornstein Jennifer Hoult ’78 Laura Howenstine and Joseph DiLazzaro Brian Hu and Jie Cheng Jianing Hu and Lucy Wang Sandra Hu and David Wang Weiping Hu and Sherry Hua He Huang Jin Huang and Zhaohui Wang Mr. Everest Huang and Ms. Regina Cheung Arthur and Marguerite Huggard in honor of Cecilia O’Keefe Charlie and Marcella Huggard Keith and Catherine Hughes Marcus and Jennifer Hughes Pamela and John Humphrey Anne Marie and Jim Hynes Mr. Bennet Ih and Ms. Patti Hartigan Jason and Paula Ingraham Naoko Ishidate and Takao Ishidate Haruko Iyer Scott Park Pauline Jeong and Daniel Jeong Mr. Libo Jiang and Mrs. Yanping Liao Mr. Peng Jin and Ms. Zhongling Li Susan L. Johnson Anne Rogers Jones ’87 and Lawrence Jones Celia Elizabeth Jones ’65 David Jones ’85 and Cindy Vreeland Ms. Wanda Jones and Clarence Jones The Meadowlark Trio Abigail Kahler ’13 Sarah Kahler, ’05 The Kahler Family Albert and Mami Kaminuma Michika Kato Mr. Robert Katuska Colin Keane and Emily Church George and Cheri Keches Krysten Keches ’06 The Ianni Family Abigail Kellogg Mary O’Keefe Kellogg ’67 Judy Kelly and James Cremer Penny Wise Kerns Wendy Williams Keyes ’73 Patricia Iervolino Kilroy ’60 Caroline Choi Kim ’92 and Howard Kim Sharon Kim ’14 Caroline Kistin and Romel Ortega Martin Kistin and Sydney Kistin Bernard Klinger ’67 Marilyn Bone Kloss, ’60 Mr. Alexander Klosterkemper Anna and Peter Kolchinsky Reed Konsler and Stacie Matsumoto Adrienne and Justin Kung Katharine and Thomas Kush Ron and Linda Kutka Laura Lake and Chris Lake Steve Laven and Cynthia Meyers Philip W. Leach ’60 Mary Susan Leahy ’66 Charles Learoyd ’63 Barry and Shilpy Lee
Donna Lee Eric Lee ’04 Eugene Lee and Sally Park Junghwa Lee and Dohoon Kim Mark and Tsuifen Lee Young Lee and Young Ju Rhee The Leeb Family Katherine Leen Dian Lefkowitz Randall Daniel, Lisa, Hillel, Elie and Shira Lehmann Katharine Leness Dr. Lorenzo Lepore ’70 Dr. and Mrs. Stan Lewis Wayne and Judy Lewis Bin Li and Haiyan Zhang Huifang Li Ruo Ding Li and Joy Shen Lijiong Liao and Feng Chen Ms. Lucia Lin and Prentice Pilot Dr. David Lincicome Marie Lindahl Julianne Lindsay Mark Littlefield Chien Liu and Lucy Deng Julie Liu and Nicholas Fok Ling Liu and Francis Li Mr. Dongpu Liu and Mrs. Xiaotao Dong Peter Lloyd Arthur Lord and Rose Marie Lord Caroline ’95 & Patric Lowe Nancy and Richard Lubin Michael Lutch and Martha Goldsmith Lutkevich Family Lisa Lynch and Fabio Schiantarelli Susie Ma Donald and Akiko MacDonald Mitchell Macey, ’71 Curtis Macomber ’70 Kathryn Maher Dr. Jon Malinowski Sharon and Brad Malt Marcia and Daniel Mantell Sarkis Martirosian and Tamara Babaian Domenico Mastrototaro The Matson Family Elliot Matz, ’73 Mary Mazzio ’78 and James Manson Paula McCarty ’75 Mr. and Dr. Peter McCormack Marjorie McCoy Natalia Jean McDermott ’15 Katie McInerney Melissa McMorrow Ricardo Medina and Gabriela Vergara Amy Ramnarine and Abhay Mehta Tsz Huen and Susan Zuo Drs. Klemens B. Meyer and Laura Perlo Meyer Harry Miao and She Lei Gerard and Margeurite Michaud Helaine Miller Dr. Carol Milligan Sarah Mitchell Ulrich Mok and Megan Zorn Hussain and Jessica Mooraj Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter Carlos Morales and Sandra Mostajo Alex Morgan-Welch ’10 Dorothea Morrison Anne Morriss and Frances Frei Jane and Robert Morse Christine Mrakotsky-Ladendorf and Mark Ladendorf Susan H. Myerow ’72 John C. Navien and Amanda Ruggiero Gerald Neuman and Carol Jones Neuman Thao Nguyen and Kim Do Diane Nicholeris ’78 and Daniel Baciocco Mirai Nishioka’s Family Femi and Nicole Obi Lisa Ochs, ’79 Debra and David Odeh Cecilia O’Keefe Elizabeth, John and Catherine O’Keefe John and Mary O’Keefe Ms. Elizabeth O’Keefe Sally Zimmerman and Allen Olsen Karl L. Oppenheimer James M. Orent ’72 and Marianne Gray Marc Osiris and Makda Bertrand Karen Kotkow and Donald Oster Christine Osterwalder Laura O’Toole and Daniel O’Toole John and Sandra Owens Aparna Pahooja and Vikram Pillai Barbara E. Palant Siopo Pat and Xuan Fu Nyssa Patten ’97 Elaine M. Payne Jonathan Payson Yu Pei and Hong Wang Ross and Anne Perry Brian Pettinato Andrew Wilson and Margaret Phillips Rebecca Pierce Wendy Shattuck and Sam Plimpton in honor of Pamela Humphrey Kurt Richard Podeszwa Ms. Florence Poy Janet Prince ’75 and Peter Bergh Yao-Ling Qiu and Jing Hu Mr. and Mrs. John Quinn Ralph I. Rabin and Carol L. Willett Janet Raciti ’69 Ravi and Meena Ramamurti Carey and Ann Rappaport Sarah S. Raux Peter and Suzanne Read Hong Ren and Long Ma Lisa Resnek-Wyett Maureen Rezendes and Mark Findeis Nicole Rheault and Christopher Rheault Dan Richards and Lynne Pepall Farrah Ridore ’12 Bonnie Anderson Rising ’81 and Curtis Rising Liz and Fred Robbins Alexander Robinson ’69 Lawrence and JoAnn Robinson Martha Robinson Gillian Rogell ’64 Steven and Alex Rohall Wendy Rolfe-Dunham ’75 Adrienne Rosenblatt ’08 Jeffrey Rosenblatt and Debra Byers Paula Rosenstock in memory of Milada Rhenisch Robert Rovinsky in memory of Milada K. Rhenisch and in honor of Lynn Rhenisch George ’70 and Lynn Rowan Tom Ruby Jess Rucinski ’09 Lisa & Gary Rucinski David and Catherine Rude Kathryn Rudolph Nancy Ruggiero Kate Rushford Eriko Hironaka and Mark Russell John P. and Jeanne-Marie Ryan Kitty Sahin and Mustafa Sahin Michael Schick and Katherine Hanson William Schnoor Ivy Valerie Schram ’99 Mr. and Mrs. David Schreiber Mrs. Aire-Maija Schwann David A. Schwartz ’61 and Cheryl Ann Schwartz Rani Sellers, ’83 Jinah Seo and Young Park Laurel Shader MD ’77 Patricia M. Shea Laura Siegel Shechter ’99 Daniel Sheingold Dongxiao Shen and Xu Shi Eliot & Jane Sherman Rebecca Sherman and Michael Siegel Wenhua Shi and Jia Wu Dana Shih and Yu-Shen Lin Harris Shilakowsky Philip Silberberg Dr. and Mrs. Philip Simon Mr. Peter Skerry and Martha Bayles Bill Skulley ’63 Paul and Lisa Slack Philip J. and Ann Smith James Spidle Sarah Spinella Mr. Matthew D. Stansfield and Tai O. Oney Dr. Patricia Stapler ’67 Alan Stern and Lori Tenser Harris and Esta-Lee Stone Jordan and Sarah Stone Haley Strauss Barbara Stein and Jin Suk Susan Hughes and Erik Surface David and Connie Swaebe Marilyn, Kerren, and Drew Swinger Anne Symchych Ruhina Tahir and Dr. Naeem Tahir Jay Tang and Luning Han Stephen Tate and Qing Dong Jacob Taylor and Jean Park Christopher and Simonida Thurber Charles Tillen and Bonnie Lee Tillen Marcus and Jenny Tjia Kazi Touré and Myriam Ortiz Jack and Betsy Train Gerardo and Hannelore Tramontozzi Peter and Paula Tyack Suzan Umphreyville Chavez Janet Underhill Dr. Steve Vacchi ’86 COL (Ret) Gregory O. Varo Dante and Leonora Velasquez Brian Vieira, ’68 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wagner Stephen Wagner ’08 Kendra and Nate Walton Family of Felix Wang Miaoxuan Wei’s Family The Chen Family The Wang Family Helen M. Waters Larrine Watson Michael Weinfield-Zell Timothy and Catherine Weiskel Charles Weitz and Isabel Chiu Andre Weker ’95 David M. Welch and Lisa Onorato Andy and Megan West The Whartons Deanne M. Wherry, ’86 Mr. and Mrs. Paul White Priscilla White Andrew Wiles and Caroline Grimaldi Jessica A. Winiecki ’85 Daniel Wood ’14 and Evan Wood ’14 Paul Wood and Pamela Mok Althea Wright Jim Wright and Jennifer Lynn JoAnne Wright Patrick and Phaedra Yachimski Aya and Takeshi Yamaguchi David Yarbrough, ’78 Ning Yin and Mingjin Fan Satoshi and Yumi Yoda Kara York Judy and Fred Young Scott Young ’85 and Julie Young Kyna Yu and Xing Su Shangbin Liu Hui Zhang and Xueliang Fang Jeff Zhang and Lee Dan Ling Zhang and Hui Huang W.X. Zheng’s Family Jie Zhou and Xuqiong Wu Liping & Xingwang Zhou Qun Zhou and Liying Zhou Yi Zhou and Qihong Li Alison Zhu and Family Gang Zhu Wesley Zhu Benjamin Zoll and Amy Zoll Mark Zorn and Tama Zorn Marta Zurad The Good Egg Fund
Each year, we award the Robert Hardt Memorial Award and the Philip J. Smith Award to seniors in the graduating class. Read about the awards and this year’s recipients below!
The Robert Hardt Memorial Award
The Robert Hardt Memorial Award for outstanding musical achievement is awarded every year to an outstanding BYSO senior who displays talent, character, responsibility, significant contribution to the organization, and who plans to pursue a career in music. The award comes with a cash prize.
Robert J. Hardt was a dedicated member of BYSO for four years. He played timpani under conductor Walter Eisenberg and planned to study music after graduation. He was accepted to the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard, and the New England Conservatory. Robert never made it to college that fall because he was stricken by a heart attack during a hockey game. Robert died the morning of BYSO’s 15th anniversary concert. That night, his teacher Tom Gauger performed his part. Robert was committed to music. He participated in his high school band and orchestra, All-State Orchestra, All-Eastern Orchestra, and had been invited for two years to play in the National American Youth performance in Washington, D.C. He performed in the Youth Artist Program at Tanglewood and was a member of the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. His friends remember him with smiles, recalling his modesty and love of life. In memory of Robert, his family set up an award to recognize a graduating senior who will carry on Robert’s passion for life and music. In a friend’s yearbook, Robert Hardt wrote, “Don’t ever forget BYSO.” We continue to remember his dedication to music and his true spirit for BYSO.
The Philip J. Smith Award
The Philip J. Smith Award honors a BYSO senior who fosters the ideals of Mr. Smith. These include musical excellence, leadership, participation in various BYSO orchestras and ensembles, length of membership in BYSO, a significant musical and personal contribution to BYSO, and a devotion to creating a supportive and positive atmosphere within the BYSO community. The recipient of the Smith Award need not pursue a career in music. Philip J. Smith served on the BYSO Board of Directors for 20 years, witnessing the appointment of five music directors and traveling on three international tours. Mr. Smith served as president of the board from 1988-1991 and from 1996-2000.
BYSO PROUDLY AWARDS:
The Robert Hardt Memorial Award Mark Larrivee, Percussion ● Jóia Findeis, Viola ● Danilo Thurber, Violin
The Philip J. Smith Award Ashley McCoy, Cello ● Samantha Gedeon, Viola
Mark Larrivee Percussion
Mark Larrivee is a percussionist who is very passionate about music. He graduated this year from Norwood High School.
Mark auditioned into the MMEA Southeast Junior District Band in 2015 and 2016, and into the MMEA Southeast Senior District Band in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. He earned a spot in the MMEA All-State Band in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He has also been a member of the Norwood High School Wind Ensemble, Norwood High School Marching Band, Metropolitan Wind Ensemble, Music for All Tournament of Roses Honor Band, Music for All Honor Band of America, MIT Wind Ensemble, NAfME All-East Honor Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Tanglewood Young Artist Orchestra. He has been a member of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2017.
Mark has attended multiple music seminars, including the 2016 and 2017 Bands of America Summer Symposium, the 2018 New York University/Sandbox Percussion Seminar, the 2019 Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the 2020 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar Online Summer Intensive, and the 2020 Juilliard Summer Percussion Masterclass Series. His private teacher is Mr. Samuel Z. Solomon, who teaches percussion at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and at Boston University, is Percussion Director of The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), and is Artistic Director of the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar. Mark will be attending New England Conservatory in the Fall where he will major in Percussion Performance.
Jóia Findeis Viola
Jóia has listened to classical music since before she was born and was in fact born listening to Classical radio WCRB! She was raised being exposed to music of all forms and from all parts of the world – World Music for Little Ears, Latin Playground, African Playground, as well as Asian and Portuguese music. She began her first rhythm work when she was 18 months old at Powers Music School, moving on to Little Keys for Kids until she had to have a violin before starting 1st grade after visiting the musical petting zoo.
She studied Suzuki Violin for 4 years at Powers Music School while engaging in Belmont Schools in-school strings program. She began taking lessons from Deborah Boykan in 5th grade where she began to flourish. In 8th grade, Jóia was invited to consider trying the viola. She was chosen to join the high school chamber music program, earning honors to attend the Northeast District Orchestra for two years and then the MA All-State Orchestra. On March 4, 2020, Jóia was able to perform her last live concert as the first violist Concerto Competition winner at Belmont High School.
Jóia is grateful for being able to find a new musical family through BYSO BYS. She has thrived not only as a violist, but also as a musician who has been able to find her voice and her passion for bringing joy, equality, and patience to others. This past academic year, she prepared herself to dedicate her future to a career in music and was fortunate to have many amazing auditions and then acceptance offers to join conservatories and schools of music across the US. Jóia will begin her dual degree program at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and College in Peter Slowik’s studio.
For fun, Jóia loves watching and listening to Met Opera with her BYS friends online, follows 2 DaBeat broadcasts by Dacha and Sava Thurber, playing Animal Crossing New Horizons, and hanging out with her big cat, Max, and her puppy, Argo.
Danilo Thurber Violin
Danilo (Dacha) Thurber is from Exeter, NH, where he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2020.
Dacha has expressed love and enthusiasm for music and the violin his entire life. He started learning violin at the age of three with Ms. Theresa Carr and continued many years of lessons with Ms. Louise Kandle. Since 2013, Dacha has been studying with Ms. Eva Gruesser and, in the past year, has begun studying with Mr. Daniel Chong.
Dacha served as concertmaster of Phillips Exeter Academy’s Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the pit orchestra in the Goel Center for Performing Arts. He has been a central member of the Academy’s chamber music program, including leading the Academy in virtual chamber music performance during the spring of 2020.
Dacha has been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) since 2012. In 2015, Dacha was a co-winner of the Repertory Orchestra concerto competition. In 2018, Dacha and his brother, Sava, were co-winners of the Boston Youth Symphony’s concerto competition. Some of his favorite memories from his eight years with BYSO include invaluable support and mentorship from BYSO’s conductors and violin coaches, weekly gatherings with friends, five operas, and the BYS tour to Bachfest in Leipzig.
Dacha has also won the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, the Phillips Exeter Academy concerto competition, and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra concerto competition.
In 2017, Dacha and his brother, Sava, travelled to Gressier, Haiti, where they started a music program at a local school and orphanage with instruments they donated. They have also used busking proceeds to purchase and donate instruments to Serbian orphans through a charitable event sponsored by Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia.
Dacha spends his summers working at Camp Belknap, on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH, where he was honored with the Colin Brown Memorial Award for leadership. After taking a gap year to focus on violin performance and to continue neuroscience research with the Hengen Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, Dacha looks forward to continuing his studies at Harvard University. He also enjoys birding, mountain biking, and cooking.
Ashley McCoy Cello
Ashley McCoy has been a member of the Intensive Community Program since 2010 where she currently studies with Jacques Lee Wood. Throughout her time in the program, she has had many invaluable experiences. Some of her most cherished memories include conducting the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, performing the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto with Owen Young, cellist from the BSO and performing Operas with the Boston Youth Symphony. Ashley is an alumni of the SPHINX summer program and in 2019 she was accepted to the Youth Orchestra of the LA Philharmonic’s (YOLA) National Festival Orchestra, where she performed a concert conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. While Ashley loves orchestral playing, years of working with her closest friends in an ICP chamber music quartet, has carved a special place in her heart.
Ashley attended Weston High School, where she was very involved in the Student Council. She served as a class representative during her first three years and was elected student body Co-President in her senior year. She loves science and hopes to eventually use a career in STEM to help bring about positive social change. In High School, Ashley was involved with the Science Team and brought the Biobuilder Club to Weston High School. This club allows students who are interested in STEM to apply science learned in the classroom to real-world problems as well as form connections with practicing scientists. Ashley will be attending Brown University in the fall, where she hopes to participate in research and eventually concentrate in Biology.
Samantha Gedeon Viola
Samantha Gedeon has been a member of ICP/BYSO for 11 years. It’s seems it was yesterday she was performing for the first time at Symphony Hall at 7 years old. Throughout out the years, music grew to become her passion. She picked up the trumpet in elementary school and played all the way through high school. In addition to the trumpet, she also played the bass guitar in the jazz band. Her enthusiasm and joy to play classical music made it an easy choice to join various music groups. Sam has participated in different events in the Boston and Brockton community as part of marching band, musical pits, ICP, and music competitions with the wind ensemble at her school. Within BYS, she had the opportunity to participate in various opera performances. One of Sam’s biggest highlights was the opportunity to conduct the Boston Pops alongside Keith Lockhart. She brought her talent to the community by volunteering at summer camp to help teach and mentor younger kids. During the holiday seasons with ICP, Sam continued to bring her smile and joy to the outreach concerts. Sam will be attending Drexel University in the fall of 2020. She will bring her determination, focus, and confidence as she embarks on her journey to study Economics and Entertainment & Arts Management.
Here is a list of the colleges that our BYSO class of 2020 will be attending in the Fall! We are so proud of all our talented seniors and so grateful for everything they have contributed to BYSO, and we know they will continue to thrive and make a difference no matter what their next chapter holds. Congratulations, class of 2020!
Amherst College – Amherst, MA Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA Boston University – Boston, MA (2 students) Brown University – Providence, RI (2 students) Carnegie Mellon University – Pittsburgh, PA Cleveland Institute of Music – Cleveland, OH Columbia University – New York City, NY Cornell University – Ithaca, NY (2 students) Drexel University – Philadelphia, PA Gordon College – Wenham, MA Harvard University – Cambridge, MA (7 students) Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD New England Conservatory – Boston, MA New York University – New York City, NY (2 students) Oberlin College/Oberlin Conservatory – Oberlin, OH (3 students) Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Troy, NY Rice University – Houston, TX Smith College – Northampton, MA (2 students) Stanford University – Stanford, CA University of Chicago – Chicago, IL University of Massachusetts Amherst – Amherst, MA University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI University of North Carolina Chapel Hill – Chapel Hill, NC University of Vermont – Burlington, VT Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN
As we celebrate the end of BYSO’s 62nd season, we would like to take a moment to appreciate all of the amazing people who have helped make this season so great! Thank you to all of you for the work you’ve done this season, and for helping us adjust to the current conditions and continue to carry out our mission. You’re the best!
500+ young musicians served
600+ individual donors
13 weeks of virtual programming
COACHES Violin Coaches Sammy Andonian Miguel Perez-Espejo Cardena Ben Carson Julia Cash James Cooke Lisa Crockett John Holland Adrian Slywotzky Yonah Zur
Viola Coaches Bob Barnes Andra Dix Dan Dona Joan Ellersick Mark Latham
Cello Coaches Miriam Eckelhoefer Susanne Friedrich Steve Laven Brent Selby
Bass Coaches Michael Flinn Liz Foulser Joe Holt Randy Zigler
Flute Coaches Kathleen Berger Judy Grant Vanessa Holroyd Cindy Meyers
Oboe Coaches Anna Bradford Ben Fox Mark McEwen Catherine Weinfield-Zell
Clarinet Coaches Celine Ferro Mark Miller Rob Patterson Rich Shaughnessy
Bassoon Coaches Rick Ranti Susie Telsey Laura Umbro Janet Underhill Naho Zhu
Horn Coaches Fred Aldrich Neil Godwin
Trumpet Coaches Steve Banzaert Matt Repucci Kyle Spraker Zeb Upton
Low Brass Coaches Taka Hagiwara Phil Hyman Michael Tybursky
Harp Coaches Krysten Keches Maria Rindenello-Spraker
Percussion Coach Michael Weinfield-Zell
Misc. (Divided) Coaches Mark Berger Joe Bozich Tiffany Chang Renee Hagelberg Reuben Stern
Chamber Season Coaches Anna Bradford Miguel Espejo Cardenas Ben Carson Min Choi Danby Cho Miriam Eckelhoefer Phil Hyman Agnes Kim Marla Rubinson Hsin-Lin Tsai Yonah Zur
Chamber Sub Coaches Meg Dole Abramowitz Steve Banzaert Daniel Dona Judy Grant Aaron Zelcowicz
ARTISTIC STAFF/CONDUCTORS A huge thank you to all of our Artistic Staff and Conductors, and a very special thank you to Federico Cortese for 20 YEARS with BYSO! Federico Cortese, Music Director Adrian Slywotzky, Artistic Consultant Joseph Bozich, Artistic Advisor and Conductor Mark Miller, Conductor of Repertory Orchestra and Repertory Chamber Orchestra John Holland, Conductor of Junior Repertory Orchestra Marta Zurad, Conductor of Young People’s String Orchestra, Petit Ensemble; Conductor of the Intensive Community Program Janet Underhill, Conductor of Preparatory Winds; Intensive Community Program Assistant Director for Winds Miriam Eckelhoefer, Director of the Chamber Music Program Nicole Cariglia, Intensive Community Program Artistic Director
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Catherine Weiskel, Executive Director Martha Robinson, Director of Development Erin Keegan Ianni, Director of Marketing and Public Relations Gabriel Cobas, General Manager Kathryn Rudolph, Director of Operations and Community Programs David Abraham, Operations Manager Saralyn Klepaczyk, Community Programs Manager Katie McInerney, Operations Associate Amy Ramnarine, Associate Director of Individual Giving Kendra Walton, Institutional Giving Officer Jessica Chen, Development and Alumni Relations Colin Keane, Development Associate Kara York, Marketing Manager Jo-Ann Branco, Director of Finance Matthew Stansfield, Executive Assistant
BOARD Officers Margaret Chen, President Anthony Fogg, Vice President Cecilia O’Keefe, Vice President Jean-Marc Berteaux, Treasurer Ben Brady, Secretary
Members John Avallon Robert Beaser ’72 Michael Berk David Chin, ex officio Kimberly Ciccarelli ’87, ex officio Eran Egozy ’89 Marcia Mantell, ex officio Gregory Melchor-Barz, ex officio Melissa McMorrow John Navien Femi Obi Sarah Schaffer Raux Tom Ruby Jordan Stone Catherine Weiskel, ex officio Andy West David Wilkins Dr. Harvey Young, ex officio
Honorary Members Gabriella Beranek John W. Coffey, III Pamela Humphrey Philip J. Smith
Presidents Emeriti Tom Draper Joe Grimaldi George Keches Philip J. Smith Eduardo Tobon John Wall David Welch
Board of Overseers Alison Tschopp Bomberg Peter Bonney ’95 Cecilia Chao Ken Chow Peter Coffin David Druley Young Lee Mahmood Malihi Cynthia Robinson Markey David Odeh Robert Skinner
BYSO Council Natalie Baker Kimberly Ciccarelli ’87, co-chair Abe Dewing ’87 Sol Jin ’07 David Jones ’85 Marcia Mantell, co-chair Katie Maher Alexandra Morgan-Welch ’10 Adrienne Rosenblatt ’08 Stephen Wagner ’08 Kathryn Wilcox
PARENTS’ COMMITTEE Makda Bertrand David Chin Gloria Herrera Jelena Jovin Vicma Lamarche Andrew Min Yoshiko Mizukami
SENIORS Jocelyn Botelho Amelia Bronfman Emma Carroll Lucy Chae Elie Chalumeau Alisa Crueger-Cain Anna Dong Joia Findeis Kaylin Frisaura Samantha Gedeon Sarah Girma Emma Greaves Marisa Ih Sophie Jiang Irene Ju Sarah Kam Evan Kos Joseph Kotler Andrew Kung Mark Larrivee Brianna Li Michael Liu Emily Ma Joy Mahoney Ashley McCoy Sarah Park Emily Qiu Sara Ren Catalina Sieh Isabel Tate Aarya Tavshikar Danilo Thurber Tess Wolossow Daniel Weitz Ethan Wood Katherine Yang Andrew Youssef Lily Zhou Matthew Zhou
A huge thank you to ALL of our parents and students for your wonderful help and hard work this season! We truly appreciate each and every one of you!
We are so proud and thrilled that our students have been working hard to stay musically active during this time at home, through BYSO lessons and rehearsals but also independently. Enjoy reading about (and watching!) some of the great projects, goals, etc. that students have been working on over the past few months!
Name: Henry Instrument: Viola Ensemble: JRO Year in School: 6th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 2 “I’ve started taking weekly theory/composition lessons recently.”
Name: Chase Instrument: Percussion Ensemble: BYS and REP Year in School: 8th Grade Number of years in BYSO: 1 “During my time at home, I’ve been continuing to develop my musical skills through practice for BYSO, private lessons, online programs, and work for my school’s concert band and jazz band. Although we’ve been unable to have live rehearsals, I’ve definitely been able to keep busy. In addition to my BYSO music and material for our weekly zoom meetings, I’ve been exploring many new orchestral pieces, as well as listening back to some of the music we previously played in BYSO. In addition, I’ve been working on learning and reviewing pieces for my lessons, while spending time working on my technique and the musicality of each composition. Through our school, I have been attending various zoom conferences and completing virtual assessments with current and former band conductors and teachers. Despite the difficulty of not being able to physically meet in person, I have been provided with many exciting opportunities, such as performing over zoom for younger musicians and peers. It’s unfortunate that we haven’t been able to gather during these strange times, but I’m grateful that BYSO and my teachers have been dedicating their time to continue helping me grow as a musician.”
Name: Ashley Instrument: Oboe Ensemble: BYS Year in School: 11th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 4 “I have felt extremely grateful for all of the musicians in my life that have taught me so much, such as the faculty at BYSO and my private oboe teacher. However, since professional musicians can no longer perform and do gigs, they are suffering greatly during these times. To contribute just a bit for these artists, I created a GoFundMe that donates directly to the Boston Center for the Arts Artist Relief Fund. My friends and I miss going to rehearsal so much and have such deep love and appreciation for the musicians in our lives, and I hope that this fundraiser will help them get through these tough times.“
Name: Israel Instrument: Viola Ensemble: REP Year in School: 9th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 9.7 “I am preparing for an ICP event called Solofest”
Name: Frances Ensemble: Violin Ensemble: JRO Year in School: 5th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 4 “I have been doing BYSO & lessons over Zoom and Facetime, daily practice as usual, performance evaluation weekly videos, duets with my mom.”
Name: Olivia Instrument: Viola Ensemble: YPSO Year in School: 6th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 2 “I’ve been practicing a lot more than usual. I have private lessons on Skype and am learning the piece Carnival of Venice by Charles Dancla (viola version.) I’ve learned a lot of new bow strokes (such as sautille, ricochet, staccato jete)…I also play for the neighbors sometimes; they don’t always enjoy it (not that I sound wonderful all the time) but they do like it at times.”
Name: Kenneth Instrument: Cello Ensemble: JRO Year in School: 6th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 6 “I’ve been practicing more and my school ensemble is doing a project.”
Name: Kanon Instrument: Violin Ensemble: YPSO Year in School: 5th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 2 “One way I have been staying musically active during my time at home is having lessons on Skype and I was really happy seeing Ms. Marta on Skype. I have been also trying to teach my little sister how to play the violin.“
Name: Ryan Instrument: French Horn Ensemble: JRO Year in School: 7th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 4 “I have been practicing daily.”
Name: Wesley Instrument: Violin Ensemble: REP Year in School: 7th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 6 “I have been listening to classical music over dinner.”
Name: Tabitha Instrument: Violin Ensemble: BYS Year in School: 10th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 9 “I started recording myself playing my violin piece, then recorded myself playing the piano accompaniment while listening to the violin recording. Then I used computer software to put it together and make my own performance!”
Name: Rob Instrument: Violin Ensemble: YPSO Year in School: 6th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 3 “I have been practicing more violin each day to improve.”
Name: Noa Instrument: Violin Ensemble: REP Year in School: 7th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 4 “I have been practicing violin, trying out pieces I am interested in, playing around with some duets with my sister, and singing.”
Name: Waverly Instrument: Violin Ensemble: BYS Year in School: 11th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 3 “I created a playlist called Journey Through Music to share music with the people in my community and at school. The goal of this is to spread some happiness to others during this stressful time. Through this, I hope that more people can appreciate music and understand its many benefits.”
Name: Kaitlyn Instrument: Violin Ensemble: REP Year in School: 7th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 3 “I joined my sister, Waverly Shi- BYS, to create a YouTube Channel which we just record ourselves playing a couple of songs every week (for me both violin and piano- we are also planning to do a duet for violin – Waverly and piano – me). I thought that this was a pretty neat idea because it not only helps us expand our repertoire and get to know new pieces that we would have never thought about playing, but it also brought joy in others. At first this channel was dedicated for nursing home seniors to watch when they were feeling alone, but we soon expanded and shared our channel with our school communities. We hope that our music can spark some joy in others and possibly even relief some stress!“
Name: Elli Instrument: Violin Ensemble: PE Year in School: 2nd Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 1 “I have been practicing everyday! Singing songs and also pairing the violin with piano.”
Name: Sean Instrument: Trumpet Ensemble: REP Year in School: 10th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 4 “I have been practicing trumpet and bass guitar and piano. I am working on composing a piece for school for a full orchestra. Ideally it will be around 10 minutes and it is supposed to be a musical interpretation of Euripides’ Medea.”
Name: Jihye Instrument: Violin Ensemble: PE Number of Years in BYSO: 1 “I have online violin lessons with my violin teacher, and my classroom teacher looks forward to my performance in the Zoom check-in meeting every week. It is very exciting!”
Name: Mateo Instrument: Tuba Ensemble: REP Year in School: 9th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 1 “My band director has set up a TV series starring different members of the band playing short pieces and being interviewed. These shows are then streamed on local television for the senior centers and nursing homes.”
Name: Alison Instrument: Violin Ensemble: JRO Year in School: 8th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 2 “I’ve been working on Bach’s Partita no. 3, and Bruch Concerto no. 1 op. 26!!”
Name: Ayelet Instrument: Violin Ensemble: YPSO Year in School: 6th Grade Number of Years in BYSO: 3 “I have been making videos with friends on the ‘Acapella’ app, and I have been having lessons.”
We may be apart right now, but the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras are still finding ways to be together. The music continues at BYSO, with virtual learning, score studies, and more! We’ve always believed in the power of classical music and we thank everyone who joined us in celebrating our first BYSO Community Day by making a gift to support our students. All gifts through May 5, 2020 were matched, dollar-for-dollar, to raise a total of $36,000 in support of our young musicians! We cannot thank you enough. Enjoy this special Community Day video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at our rehearsals and virtual programming!
While we can’t be together physically as a community, we wanted to bring BYSO to you, wherever you might be.
In celebration of BYSO Community Day, our young musicians have been hard at work to bring you a little ‘joy’! Presented virtually for the first time, please enjoy members of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, “Ode to Joy”!
Did you know that April 23rd is officially recognized as the “Greater Boston Youth Symphony Day” in the state of Massachusetts?
On April 23rd, 1961, (G)BYSO had the honor of performing at world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York, performing works by Verdi, Sibelius and Wagner. The orchestra presented a second concert one week later at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (pictured here). In honor of this momentous occasion, Governor John A. Volpe named April 23rd “Greater Boston Youth Symphony Day” in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
This year, BYSO Day on April 23rd kicked off a two week celebration of the unwavering spirit of our BYSO community and the joy that each and every one of our young musicians bring to our lives. We thank you for joining us online from April 23rd through May 5th, which we dubbed ‘BYSO Community Day’! BYSO was honored to celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow in collaboration with BYSO Community Day on May 5th as part of a global day of unity and giving for citizens and charities across the world.
As our students, instructors, and staff continue to rise to the challenge of embracing virtual learning and working together for the greater good, we are constantly reminded of the incredible resiliency of our BYSO community. Here are some ways you all helped spread our messages of positivity:
Sent your favorite BYSO photos, memories, and stories to us, which we shared on our own social media from April 23rd to May 5th.
Showed off your BYSO pride by wearing red or orange, or your favorite BYSO swag, took a photo, and shared it on your social media using the hashtag #BYSOday and tagged @BostonYouthSymphonyOrchestras. We loved seeing these posts!
Made a gift that will create opportunities for deserving BYSO students, regardless of the financial barriers they may face.
Supporting for BYSO Community Day doubled your impact. You doubled your support of our financial aid fund, doubled your support of our in-school program, and doubled your support towards the life-changing experience that BYSO has on thousands of young people in our area. Thank you for helping us surpass our original goal of raising $15,000, and instead helping us raise a total of $36,000 in support of these talented young musicians! We are so grateful!
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 BYS and REP Concerto Competition Winners: Austin Jacobson, Boston Youth Symphony cellist and Noa Suk, Repertory Orchestra violinist! Since they did not get to perform their concertos at the BYS and REP Spring Concert this year, they will now be performing their concertos next season!
Austin Jacobson Bio
Austin Jacobson grew up in
Newton, Massachusetts and is a sophomore at the Noble and Greenough School. He
began taking cello lessons at Longy School of Music with Sandy Kiefer (“Mrs.
K”) at the age of 4 and later with Mr. Michael Bonner. Austin currently studies
cello under Professor Michael Reynolds at Boston University.
This is Austin’s second
year playing with the Boston Youth Symphony. In addition, he regularly
performs chamber music with the Boston Music Institute, having studied chamber
music at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in prior years. The
principal cellist of his school’s orchestra, he performed with the Senior
Districts Orchestra and is participating this year in the Massachusetts All
With a passion for sports
of all kinds, last year Austin qualified for 800 meters and 300 meter hurdles
in the New England Preparatory School Track Association Championship as a
member of the track team. He plays on Nobles Soccer and Squash teams, and is
also a member of the Nobles chess team.
Austin has consistently earned Highest Academic Distinction in his courses in high school. Beyond the classroom, he enjoys observing the natural world. Through several years of trial and error, he has successfully raised multiple colonies of ants from queens collected outdoors.
Noa Suk Bio
Thirteen-year-old violinist Noa Suk is a 7th-grade student at Amos A. Lawrence School in Brookline, MA. She started playing the violin at age 4 and studies with Sasha Callahan at Brookline Music School. Noa has been a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and this is her first year as a member of REP. During the summer, Noa attends the Berkshire Summer Music camp where she plays the violin for the orchestra and chamber groups and enjoys singing with their musical theater ensemble. In addition to playing music, Noa takes part in numerous musical productions at Artbarn Community Theater, loves playing soccer for her travel team, and enjoys writing and baking in her free time.