BYSO Summer Camps 2019

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

Photos by Michael J. Lutch 

For more camp photos click here!

In Memoriam: Edward Berkeley

It is with the deepest of sadness that BYSO acknowledges the sudden passing of Ed Berkeley, our beloved opera Stage Director.  On July 19 Ed died just before the opening of a production of “The Magic Flute” that he staged at the Aspen Music Festival.

“Ed has been a crucial partner in our opera program at BYSO for nearly a decade. He was the most generous and supportive of colleagues. His productions of the operas were creative, crystal clear and extraordinarily communicative. His demeanors in and out of rehearsals were calm and kind. He was admired and respected by all singers and musicians. His expertise and knowledge were a constant help to me in planning and executing this very important part of our season. Last year he played a crucial role in many of BYS’s important video projects. His generosity in preparing them was matched only by the outstanding results. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and my sadness. I will miss him terribly and so will the entire BYSO opera team.” Federico Cortese, BYSO Music Director

BYSO: A Year Through Video

Despite the limitations of social distancing created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra musicians have persevered and worked hard to make music in a virtual format. A few videos of these special remote performances are featured below. We hope you enjoy!

BYSO (Virtually) Presents Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”
At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ students spread JOY by making music from their homes.
BYSO Presents Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
This video was put together using separate recordings filmed by students of the Boston Youth Symphony with their own cellphones, in their homes.
BYSO Intensive Community Program 2020 Holiday Concert
A special holiday celebration featuring “Air” from Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach;
“Carol of the Bells” Traditional, arranged by Janet Underhill;
“Trepak” from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arranged by Sandra Dackow

BYSO Repertory Orchestra Presents “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson
This version of “Sleigh Ride” was performed by students from the Repertory Orchestra in December 2020

A Testament of Hope – A Celebration of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
This 14th annual collaboration between the Museum of African American History and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras represents a unique partnership of history and music that highlights the words of Dr. King and the musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra. MAAH and BYSO recognize the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom and hope, past, present, and future.

We hope you have enjoyed celebrating this year of music-making with us across virtual platforms!

BYSO’s 63rd Season Concerto Competition Winners

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

Boston Youth Symphony Honorable Mention:
Emily DeNucci, flute. Ibert, Flute Concerto

Repertory Orchestra Honorable Mention:
Sofia Zhao, flute, Chaminade – Flute Concertino
Honorable Mention: Karthik Seetharaman, cello, Shostakovich – Cello Concierto No. 1, Movement 1

Congratulations to everyone that participated! Read more about our talented concerto competition winners, Sean and Alette, below:

Sean Jang, violin
Boston Youth Symphony Concerto Competition Winner

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, violin
Repertory Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

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 to the 63rd Season!

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

Welcome to BYSO’s 63rd Season!

Presenting BYSO’s 2020-2021 season: BYSO connects

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!

MusicFirst Software

This season, we’ll be using MusicFirst software for online instruction, practice tools, and more! Click below to learn more about some of the apps we will be using:

Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary

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.

Recording Projects

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!

Enhanced Chamber Music Offerings

Our robust Chamber Music program will continue virtually this season in a new, exciting way.

Click below to learn more about BYSO’s chamber music program!

We look forward to this unique season! Stay tuned for more to come! #BYSOconnects

19-20 Season Donor Appreciation

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

Senior Awards 2020

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.

Graduating Class of 2020 – List of Colleges

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

2019-2020 Season Appreciation

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!

2019-2020 STATISTICS:

  • 500+ young musicians served
  • 600+ individual donors
  • 13 weeks of virtual programming 

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

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

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

Margaret Chen, President
Anthony Fogg, Vice President 
Cecilia O’Keefe, Vice President
Jean-Marc Berteaux, Treasurer
Ben Brady, Secretary

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

Makda Bertrand
David Chin
Gloria Herrera
Jelena Jovin
Vicma Lamarche
Andrew Min
Yoshiko Mizukami

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!

BYSO At Home

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.”