VYOA offices closed July 15-21

The VYOA offices and the Elley-Long Music Center will be closed from July 15 to 21 while the floors are being refinished.  During this time, the staff will be working remotely and the best way to reach them is via email.  You can find links to their emails here.

We are very excited to see our shiny new floors next week!

Ensemble placements have been sent!

2013-14 VYOA Instrumental Ensemble program placement notifications (with links to registration materials) have been sent via email. Choral students were given their placements at the conclusion of their auditions; registration information will be sent to them shortly. Instrumentalists, please contact auditions@vyo.org if you have not received your placement!

Music Day Camp Registration Extended!

The Music Day Camp registration deadline has been extended!  There are still some spaces available, so sign up today to avoid missing out!  Music Day Camp runs from Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th.  You can get more information about how to register here.

VYOA Music Day Camp is the perfect summer activity for young musicians. This popular week-long program is designed to help young musicians grow by augmenting individual music knowledge and skills, offering exciting ensemble performance experiences, and providing a supportive and relaxed environment to explore a great variety of musical activities with some of the best educators in Vermont.  Daily activities include two levels of both band and string orchestra, chamber music, master classes and small ensembles. A variety of electives are offered that are both music and non-musical, such as Jazz Band, Chorus, art and outdoor recreation.

Come Run or Walk with Us on May 19!

Our third annual 5K Fun Run takes place Sunday, May 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Elley-Long Music Center.  Organized by VYO trumpet player Jake Kahn, the event is a walk/run that raises money to fund our school tour program — enabling VYOA music groups to travel to area schools and bring orchestral and choral music to schoolchildren.  It’s also a great way to prepare for the marathon!  Entry fees are $15 for adults; $10 for students; or $40 for families.  Register online at http://vyoafunrun.webs.com or at 9 a.m. the day of the run.

There are going to be some great prizes and giveaways!  Every participant will receive a $10 off coupon to Fleet Feet Sports in Essex, and we will be raffling off many other prizes to participants, including a 1-month membership to the Edge, gear from the Outdoor Gear Exchange, and gift cards to Advance Music Center, Ellis Music Company, Mexicali Grill, iTunes, Play It Again Sports, and more.

Vermont Youth Orchestra, VYO Chorus Present Season Finale May 5

The Vermont Youth Orchestra and VYO Chorus will join together May 5 for a spring finale featuring masterpieces with themes of transformation and journeys into the unknown.

The concert takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Flynn Center, with conductors Jeffrey Domoto and Dr. Jeffrey Buettner. The VYO and VYO Chorus will present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ rarely performed masterpiece Toward the Unknown Region and Hector Berlioz’s Royal Hunt and Storm, among other selections.

Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region puts to music Walt Whitman’s poem “Darest Thou Now, O Soul.” The Royal Hunt and Storm is a symphonic interlude from Berlioz’s opera, Les Troyens, representing the fateful love of Trojan hero Aeneus and Dido, queen of Carthage, and the power of destiny.

In addition, featured soloist and Montpelier violinist Lydia Herrick will perform Johan Svendsen’s Romance in G Major, a lyrical, elegant piece that is one of Svendsen’s most popular compositions. The concert concludes with Paul Hindemith’s orchestral showpiece, the Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

This is the second year the VYO and VYO Chorus have performed together for the season finale.

“This is an inspiring program and a fitting end to a spectacular season,” said Jeffrey Domoto, VYOA music director. The final concert is also bittersweet as it’s the last time these students will play together before some of them move on to college and new opportunities, Domoto said. “It’s always an emotional time.”

The event also features the debut of a VYOA conducting apprentice and the awarding of the Hermance Prize — a $1,000 award given to one of the five 2012-13 VYO senior soloists, in memory of pianist Harry Hermance — and the Ann & Eliot Weathers Scholarship.

Tickets are $15 for adults/seniors; $10 for students. To purchase concert tickets, call 802-86-Flynn or visit www.flynntix.org.

2013 Hermance Prize Recital

Join us on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 pm at the Elley-Long Music Center for the 2013 Hermance Prize Recital!  The Hermance Prize is awarded annually to a Vermont Youth Orchestra senior who has performed as a soloist with a VYOA orchestra during the concert season. Established in 1990 by the parents and grandfather of pianist Harry Hermance, this award is presented in honor of his commitment to musical excellence.  The gift of $1,000 is intended to fund the recipient’s future study in music.

The 2013 Hermance Prize recipient will be chosen from among the student finalists who will perform at this recital.  The performances will be rated by a panel of judges seated within the audience.  Mitchell Goff (piano), Ryan Wolbach (clarinet), Lauren Zwonik (flute), and Lydia Herrick (violin) will be performing.  This performance is free and open to the public.

The winner of Monday’s competition will be announced during the VYO Spring Concert on Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.