Master Class Series! Welcome, CYNTHIA MEYERS

Please join us for a BYSO Chamber Music Master Class Series with
CYNTHIA MEYERS, PICCOLO
SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd from 9-11am at the Boston University’s College of Fine Arts – Marshall Room
This event is Free and Open to the Public – click here to reserve a spot
Cynthia Meyers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its piccolo player in the autumn of 2006, occupying the Evelyn and C. Charles Marran Chair. Before coming to Boston she served as principal piccolo of the Houston Symphony for nine years under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and Hans Graf. Currently a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music, she earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University and completed her master of music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Jeffrey Khaner, principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Besides playing with the BSO, Ms. Meyers has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival.
For more information about Chamber Music please contact:
Kate Kayaian, Director of Chamber Music at Chambermusic@gmail.com

BYSO’s 7th Annual Spring Gala

A Toast To Tomorrow: Pathways to Excellence

BYSO’s 7th Annual Spring Gala  |  May 9th, 2017 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) celebrates their 7th annual gala on May 9, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “A Toast to Tomorrow, Pathways to Excellence” celebrates the over 500 children transformed through BYSO each season, as we approach our 60th anniversary season. Hundreds of students from throughout New England achieve excellence through classical music at BYSO. Every one of these children starts from a different place—age, socioeconomic background and culture. Their commonality is achieving artistic excellence, and in turn they recognize and strive for excellence in all areas of their lives. Each pathway taken is unique and each transformation distinct. Join us as we celebrate the extraordinary young musicians of BYSO—past, present and future, and support each of their unique pathways to excellence. 

This special gala event includes cocktails, light dinner, a silent and live auction featuring tickets to Hamilton the musical! The evening will be topped with unforgettable performances by BYSO’s inspiring young musicians.

Proceeds from this event subsidize BYSO’s financial aid program which supports nearly 100 families—making our exceptional program a possibility for every young child. This event is generously sponsored in part by McKinsey & Company  and MullenLowe U.S., with additional sponsorship by Deloitte, IBM Watson Health, IR+M, and Ropes & Gray. Individual supporter tickets begin at $250.  Full table sponsorships are available. Additional corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.

For further information contact Mary Speta at 617-358-6015 or by email at mspeta@bu.edu. Please visit us at www.bysoweb.org/gala.

#BYSOGala #BYSOExcellence

More about BYSO:

For nearly 60 years BYSO has served thousands of young musicians as one of the largest and most comprehensive youth orchestras in the United States. The mission of BYSO is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, and making its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach. Each year, BYSO auditions 1,000 students from throughout New England, ages 4–18, and accepts 500 young musicians who participate in orchestra and training programs, coached by Boston’s finest musicians and educators. Through BYSO, classical music ignites a passionate pursuit of excellence, perseverance, self-confidence and pride within these young musicians. These children have a profound and life-changing experience during their time at BYSO, and it helps them develop into outstanding individuals whatever their life path. Under the leadership of Music Director, Federico Cortese, and Executive Director, Catherine Weiskel, BYSO has instituted several significant initiatives that have advanced the organization artistically to ensure classical music has a bright future in the lives of these young children and throughout our community. For more information, visit www.BYSOweb.org.

 

March ENOTES

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Check out some of the latest happening and news at BYSO!

In this edition:

BYSO on Parade
Intensive Community Program adds ICP Winds
Save The Date – BYSO Spring Gala
BYSO students at MA-All State
Mona Rashad wins Studio Teacher of the Year Award
Arts Matter Day
Alumni Spotlight: Louis Fantasia, ’67
Upcoming: BYSO Auditions, Boston Children’s Museum performance, Cynthia Meyers Master Class, Presto Change-o!

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BYSO Intensive Community Program announces new class of ICP Winds students

BYSO is proud to announce its newest program within its Intensive Community Program – ICP Winds. For 18 years, the BYSO Intensive Community Program (ICP) has focused solely on string instrument training, providing string instrument lessons on violin viola, cello, and bass. In January 2017, ICP officially expanded to include several orchestral woodwind and brass instruments. Under the continued direction of ICP Artistic Director Nicole Cariglia, the winds expansion of ICP is led by BYSO conductor and winds specialist, Janet Underhill and supported by ICP Brass Assistant Renee Hagelberg and ICP Coordinator Olivia McClendon.

BYSO opened the application process for ICP Winds recruitment in December of 2016 and interviewed 53 students grades 2-6 in January at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. 19 students were then selected to join the winter 2017 Music Workshop Series. This March, ten of those children advanced into the program as the first-ever class of ICP Winds students.

Pictured, brass students from ICP Winds pose for a selfie with ICP Brass Assistant Renee Hagelberg at their first meeting on March 19.

As members of ICP, ICP Winds students will attend weekly lessons, ensemble class, and summer workshops. Students will have the opportunity to perform at concerts throughout the year with BYSO and to make a difference in the community through outreach concerts at area hospitals and retirement homes. Every member of ICP is provided with use of an instrument and has access to need based financial aid.

ICP Winds is funded in part by generous support from the Klarman Family Foundation, the Rowland Foundation and an anonymous BYSO alumnus.

Read more about Janet Underhill, Intensive Community Program Assistant Director for Winds:

Janet Underhill, a native of British Columbia, Canada, is a bassoonist, teacher and arts administrator in the Boston area. For her ten years of managing and developing the chamber music program for BYSO, Janet was the recipient of the 2001 Kay Logan Award, a national award for excellence in chamber music teaching. Currently she serves as a bassoon instructor at Boston College, Northeastern University, South Shore Conservatory, Gordon College, and Community Music Center of Boston where she also is the Director of their Senior Wind Ensemble. Janet is a founding member of Arcadian Winds, a woodwind quintet specializing in contemporary music, which has commissioned and premiered more than 50 works. Solo performances include concertos with The Pittsburgh Symphony, Simon Sinfonetta, Harvard University Mozart Society Orchestra, as well as solo performances at the International Double Reed Conference in Minneapolis, The Fromm Series at Harvard University, the Gaudeamus Competition in Rotterdam, Holland, The Women’s Avant Festival in Chicago, The Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont, The Outoftowners series in New York City, CrossSounds in Alaska, Alea III in Naxos, Greece and Soundwaves in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a soloist and ensemble member she appeared in over 30 CDs and numerous radio broadcasts.  Also interested in archival projects, she has developed a cataloging system for ethnic recordings with composer Martin Bartlett, and has organized Gunther Schuller’s personal collection.

More about ICP:

The Intensive Community Program (ICP), directed by Nicole Cariglia is a rigorous instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to students from communities traditionally underrepresented in the classical music field by providing lessons, instruments, and need-based financial aid. After two to three years of rigorous study, ICP students are typically prepared to audition into one of BYSO’s orchestras and are eventually expected to progress into the Boston Youth Symphony, BYSO’s premier ensemble. There are currently 82 students in ICP and 52 have successfully become members of BYSO orchestras. Through discipline and creativity, individuality and teamwork, students accomplish personal and group goals, helping young people to develop high aspirations and strive towards excellence.

ICP offers a number of FREE concerts each season throughout Boston neighborhoods providing unique concert experiences for children and families. ICP has also forged successful and lasting partnerships with many organizations throughout Boston and the surrounding communities including Boston University, Roxbury Community College, Noble and Greenough School, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Museum of African American History and the City of Boston.  55% of ICP students reside in the city of Boston and 100% of ICP graduates have enrolled in a 4-year college or university.

Interested in learning more about ICP? Click here.

Photos at top by Michael J. Lutch

BYSO Master Class Series! Welcome cellist, BLAISE DÉJARDIN

Please join us for a BYSO Chamber Music Master Class Series with
BLAISE DÉJARDIN, CELLO
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th from 9-11am at the Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Concert Hall.
This event is Free and Open to the Public

Born in Strasbourg, France, Blaise Déjardin made his debut with orchestra at age fourteen, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. A prizewinner at numerous international competitions, including a First Prize at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition (2005), he has performed as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the French Camerata, and many others. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du vent for cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy

He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. In 2010, he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet with three of his colleagues from the BSO cello section. As an arranger, he writes numerous pieces for cello ensembles, which led to three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards. His piece for twelve cellos, Aquarela do Violoncelo, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and premiered at the Gala of Opening Night at BSO in 2012. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company, and was featured in Film Night at Tanglewood playing the harmonica with the Boston Pops in Mancini’s music for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

He holds a First Prize of Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a Master of Music Diploma and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser and Bernard Greenhouse.

He teaches privately and is on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center.

For more information about Chamber Music please contact:
Kate Kayaian, Director of Chamber Music at Chambermusic@gmail.com

BYSO’s Executive Director, Catherine Weiskel, Celebrates 20 Years with BYSO!

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS WITH BYSO
Catherine Weiskel, Executive Director

This season will mark Catherine Weiskel’s twentieth year as Executive Director of BYSO. Cathy’s background in musicology and music education and her extensive experience in professional orchestra management (in Hartford and New Haven) prepared her well for her tenure with BYSO. During her two decades as Executive Director she has:

  • Increased the number of students in the program by 100%
  • Doubled the number of students who audition annually
  • Established, following Federico Cortese’s vision, the BYSO opera program, now in its tenth year
  • Created the Intensive Community Program (ICP), BYSO’s model community outreach program
  • Developed, with Federico Cortese, several new ensembles, including six chamber orchestras, the Preparatory Wind Ensemble and the Petit Ensemble
  • Helped to establish a formal partnership with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 2012 – “BYSO/BSO Partnering for the Future,” featuring the BSO Family Concert Series and the bi-annual opera productions for children and families
  • Forged new and enduring partnerships with community organizations including Roxbury Community College, Noble and Greenough School, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Public Schools, Museum of African American History, the City of Boston and many more
  • Planned and implemented eight international tours, including orchestra trips to Italy, France, Austria, Hungary, Great Britain, Ireland, The Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Poland
  • Organized exchanges in the United States with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and a tour to the Napa Valley
  • Managed and supervised the institutional name change from GBYSO to BYSO in 2007
  • Balanced the annual budget –which expanded twelve-fold under her leadership

The BYSO’s impressive achievements and cumulative expansion has led to the need to develop new rehearsal and performance space to support its work. The BYSO is therefore seeking to create a new home to serve more students and the wider Boston community. The goal is to create “The BYSO Youth Center for Music” – a space and a “home” where BYSO can have an impact on an ever growing population of youth through the study of classical music.

WE CONGRATULATE CATHY ON THE IMPACT SHE CONTINUES TO HAVE ON BYSO, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING HER THROUGHOUT THE SEASON!

#CW20YEARS

Intensive Community Program Winds Recruitment

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) is pleased to announce that we will be recruiting a NEW class of Intensive Community Program (ICP) Winds students in WINTER 2017!

The Intensive Community Program (ICP), directed by Nicole Cariglia is a rigorous instrumental training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to students from communities traditionally underrepresented in the classical music field by providing lessons, instruments, and need-based financial aid. After two to three years of rigorous study, ICP students are typically prepared to audition into one of the BYSO’s orchestras and are eventually expected to progress into the Boston Youth Symphony, the BYSO’s premier ensemble.

Since its inception, ICP has focused on the training of students on string instruments. Beginning in January 2017, ICP will expand to also include several orchestral woodwind and brass instruments. Under the continued direction of Nicole Cariglia, the winds expansion of ICP will be led by BYSO conductor and winds specialist, Janet Underhill. ICP’s next string recruitment will take place in September, 2017

At the BYSO, we believe that the elements of music can be learned and enjoyed by anyone, and this recruitment program was developed to provide an energetic, hands-on introduction to several orchestral woodwind and brass instruments. Once accepted into the program, all students will have the opportunity to experience the fun of making music together. Through discipline and creativity, individuality and teamwork, students will accomplish personal and group goals. The results are young people who develop high aspirations and love to work hard towards excellence.

Students in grades 2-5 (in the 2016-17 schoolyear) who are interested in experiencing classical music may apply. Interested families must submit an application form (online or paper) and a $5 application fee for each interested student. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Extended Deadline: Applications must be received by January 27, 2017. In January/February 2017, we will interview up to 60 children and families. 16 children will be selected to join our Winter 2017 Music Workshop Series. In March 2017, 10 of those children will advance into the program.

For more information or to request additional materials, please contact us at icpwinds@gmail.com or at 617.358.2974 or visit our website: www.BYSOweb.org.

APPLY TODAY!

 

BYSO Celebrates 10 Years of Opera


BYSO Celebrates 10 Years of bringing exceptional opera to the lives of student musicians, the city of Boston and Beyond. Join us for a one time only performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 3pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University

TCHAIKOVSKY’S EUGENE ONEGIN- One Performance Only
November 15, 2016- Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will bring to life a full opera once again! Celebrating 10 years of opera, on January 29th, BYSO will perform its 10th consecutive, full-length opera and continues to be the only youth orchestra in America to do so. Under the leadership of BYSO Music Director, Federico Cortese, the rehearsal and performance of operatic repertoire at BYSO has become an integral part of its program and a critically-acclaimed cornerstone of the concert season. On January 29, 2017 at 3pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, Boston Youth Symphony, BYSO’s premier orchestra, will perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin.

Opera has quickly become essential part of the BYSO experience. Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) believes that performing opera repertoire provides a deep musical and intellectual experience for young musicians and audiences alike.  It is a critical element in the training, understanding and appreciation of the full range of classical repertoire that is often overlooked in the curriculum of young players, especially teenagers. In 2008, under the direction of BYSO Music Director, Federico Cortese, BYSO students performed their first semi-staged opera: Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. The response from the students and audiences was tremendous and since then, opera has become an integral part of BYSO’s season repertoire.

On Sunday, January 29th over one hundred young musicians from the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), conducted by Music Director Federico Cortese, with stage direction by Edward Berkeley, will come center stage bringing to life a dark tale of drama, selfishness and rejection for a one-time only performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. BYSO’s young musicians will have the unique opportunity to work alongside professional singers and a full chorus.  Eugene Onegin an opera in three acts, based on a novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, debuted on March 29th 1879 at the Maly Theatre in Moscow. The Opera retains much of Pushkin’s poetry while also involving texts written by Tchaikovsky himself. This performance of Eugene Onegin will feature baritone Markus Werba in the role of Eugene Onegin, who has performed at the world’s finest opera houses and venue include the Lyon Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and many more. He is a highly sought out musician performing recitals in Vienna, Tokyo, and many other locations.  Soprano Evelina Dobraceva will take on the role of Tatyana, and tenor Garrett Sorenson as Lensky. BYSO’s semi-staged production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin will be sung in Russian with English supertitles

Said Cortese, “The performance of a full opera by a youth orchestra is an absolutely remarkable and rare accomplishment of which I am very proud.  Opera is a fantastic tool for the musical and personal growth of our students because of the rich and intricate musical and psychological storylines that weave in and out of the music in ways that are not seen in a standard symphony.”

Sunday, January 29th,2017 at 3:00pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
TCHAIKOVSKY   Eugene Onegin

Boston Youth Symphony (BYS)
Federico Cortese, Music Director and Conductor
Edward Berkeley, Stage Director

Tatyana, Evelina Dobraceva
Olga, Renee Tatum
Madame Larina, Vera Savage
Filipyevna, Jill Grove
Eugene Onegin, Markus Werba
Lensky, Garrett Sorenson
Prince Gremin, Sava Vemic
Triquet, Mark Schowalter
A captain, Andy Papas
Zaretsky, Ryne Cherry

With The BYSO Opera Chorus
Lidiya Yankovskaya, Chorus Master

This one time only opera performance takes place on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3pm at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University at 45 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA 02138. Tickets start at only $40 and discounted student and senior tickets are available; call Sanders Theatre Box Office at (617) 496-2222. Free parking is available at the Broadway Garage on Felton Street. This performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin contains sensitive subject matter for young children and the running time is nearly 3 hours.  Therefore, this performance is only recommended for children 10 years of age and older.

About Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
The mission of BYSO is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, while making its programs accessible to underrepresented communities through financial assistance and outreach. Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest youth orchestra programs, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) is recognized as a model music and arts education organization. BYSO serves nearly 500 students from more than 120 communities from around New England.  Under the leadership of Music Director Federico Cortese, BYSO has become one of Boston’s most prestigious arts organizations with a programmatic scope that includes three full symphonic orchestras, two string training orchestras, a preparatory wind ensemble, six chamber orchestras, a chamber music program, and the Intensive Community Program, a rigorous string instrument training program within the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) that brings quality classical music instruction to underrepresented communities. Since 1958 BYSO has been in residence at Boston University. In 2012 BYSO and Boston Symphony Orchestra announced a new partnership for the future of classical music, BYSO/BSO: Partnering for the Future. For more information visit www.BYSOweb.org.

Federico Cortese, Music Director
Federico Cortese assumed the post of Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras in 1999. He has conducted throughout the United States, Australia, China, and Europe. He is also the Music Director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. From 1998–2002, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In addition to his annual scheduled concerts, Mr. Cortese led the Boston Symphony several times in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood, most notably performing Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. Mr. Cortese has conducted several prominent symphony orchestras, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, BBC Scottish Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and Oslo Philharmonic. Opera engagements have included Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the United States, the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Finnish National Opera, Opera Australia, and the Washington National Opera. Mr. Cortese has been Music Coordinator and Associate Conductor of the Spoleto Festival in Italy. He also served as Assistant Conductor to Robert Spano and to Daniele Gatti. Mr. Cortese, who was born in Rome, studied composition and conducting at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome and subsequently studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He also studied literature and humanities and holds a law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome.

November ENOTES

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In this edition:

Federico Cortese Receives Thomas M. Menino Award
BYSO’s Tenth Annual Opera TCHAIKOVSKY’S Eugene Onegin
Interview with Lidiya Yankovskaya
Introducing Olivia McClendon, ICP Coordinator
Alumni Spotlight: Steve Wagner ’08
BYSO Bravo Circle
Watch our latest video from Peter and the Wolf!
…and more!

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