Cancelled: Friday 4/12/13 VYOC & VYCC Concert in Montpelier

Sadly, tonight’s VYOC and VYCC concert in Montpelier has been cancelled due to road conditions. However, you will still have a chance to see our choruses perform on Saturday night!  Saturday’s concert will be at the Elley-Long Music Center at 7:30 pm, following concerts earlier in the day by Presto, VYS, and Sinfonia.  For more information about our Spring Concert Weekend: /blog/vyoa-spring-concert-weekend-april-12-13-14/

Audition Information Sessions

Interested in joining the VYOA?  Music Director Jeffrey Domoto will be holding three audition information sessions in the next week to answer your questions about our placement audition process:

Sunday, April 14th at 4:15 pm

Tuesday, April 16th at 4:30 pm

Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 pm

While these sessions are not mandatory in order to sign up to audition, they can be helpful to give you and your child an idea of what to expect at their audition, how and what to prepare, and to answer any questions that you might have.  No need to register, just come to the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College (find directions here: /contact/).  Please note that there is NO fee to audition for the VYOA.  Our goal is to provide placement in our programs for every qualified student and help all students to participate regardless of financial need.

You can find more information about VYOA auditions at /ensembles/auditions/

VYOA Spring Concert Weekend – April 12-14

Join us this weekend for six concerts of beautiful music by five of our ensembles.  The weekend will kick off with the Vermont Youth Orchestra Chorus and Concert Chorale performing their concert, “Toward the Unknown Region,” at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier.  On Saturday, join us at our home, the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, for concerts by Presto, Vermont Youth Strings, Vermont Youth Sinfonia, and the choruses running all afternoon and evening.  Wrap up the weekend on Sunday night with a concert by the Vermont Youth Philharmonia featuring VYO senior soloist Ryan Wolbach performing Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet, and with special guests the Vermont Youth Saxophone Ensemble.  For full details, see below.

We hope you’ll join us this weekend to help celebrate the accomplishments of these fine young musicians!

Friday, April 12

7:30 pm—VYO Chorus & Concert Chorale
“Toward the Unknown Region”
Dr. Jeffrey Buettner, conductor
At the Unitarian Church in Montpelier
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults/Seniors, $2 Students

Saturday, April 13

11:00 am—Presto—Asiat Ali, conductor
FREE concert!

2:00 pm—Vermont Youth Strings—David Gusakov, conductor
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults/Seniors, $2 Students

4:30 pm—Vermont Youth Sinfonia—Jeffrey Domoto, conductor
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults/Seniors, $2 Students

7:30 pm—VYO Chorus & Concert Chorale
“Toward the Unknown Region”
Dr. Jeffrey Buettner, conductor
Tickets available at 802-86FLYNN or
Adults/Seniors $12; Students $7

Sunday, April 14

7:00 pm—Vermont Youth Philharmonia
Yutaka Kono, conductor
Featuring Ryan Wolbach, clarinet soloist
With special guests, the Vermont Youth Saxophone Ensemble
Tickets available at the door—$5 Adults/Seniors, $2 Students

All concerts at the Elley-Long Music Center unless otherwise noted.

VYOA Woodwind Day – Saturday, April 6

Join Heliand Consort & other special guests for Woodwind Day on Saturday, April 6th from 12:30 to 5:00 pm.  The event includes master classes for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon players of all ages and levels of experience.

There will also be woodwind vendors with instruments, music, and supplies for sale; a panel discussion; an opening performance by Heliand Consort’s woodwind quartet and guest artist Kenneth Andrews; and a large woodwind ensemble for all participants.

Everyone should bring their instrument!  Event is FREE & open to the public.

For a printable PDF of this poster, click here:


VYOA Showcase at the Old Brick Church in Williston

On Friday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m., come to the Old Brick Church in Williston to watch VYOA members perform instrumental and choral chamber works.

All proceeds benefit the VYOA!

Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and $10 for seniors.

JFK Elementary students visit Elley-Long

We were thrilled to welcome the entire student body of Winooski’s JFK Elementary School to Elley-Long last Friday for a concert with chamber music group Scrag Mountain Music!

Our performance hall was filled to capacity with students, teachers, administrators and helpers.  Performers Owen Dalby (violin), Meena Bhasin (viola), Evan Premo (double bass) and Karen Kevra (flute and piccolo), entertained the students and taught them about the instruments, and the differences and similarities between them. They also talked about the tools we use to listen to music. Especially popular was the use of a “magic” remote control to turn off and on different instruments, to help children learn how to focus on a particular sound.

This was the first time we’ve had a whole school come to Elley-Long for an event and we’d like to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

The event was part of an on-going partnership between the VYOA and JFK Elementary, made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Amy E. Tarrant Foundation. Through this funding, we are doing an after-school music program and will be sending VYOA musicians into the school. We are excited to work with JFK and other schools in new ways, and to give students access to classical music which they otherwise may not have the opportunity to hear.

VYO Meets Professor Kubinek

Congratulations to the VYO for a fantastic school matinee at the Flynn this morning.  1,400 students heard our wonderful musicians.  Please join us tomorrow evening at 8pm at the Flynn.  Tickets are still available.  Call 86-FLYNN or visit to purchase yours.

Professor Kubínek Meets the Vermont Youth Orchestra

Visionary vaudevillian and internationally acclaimed theater artist Tomáš Kubínek joins the VYO for a hilarious full-evening performance featuring orchestral works by Mozart, Dvorák, Bach, and many others on Friday, February 15th at 8pm at the Flynn.

Tickets can be purchased on the FlynnTix website or call 86-FLYNN.

VYO Conductor Jeff Domoto recently spoke with Tomáš about their upcoming collaboration. You can read the interview here.