The VYOA’s Endangered Instruments Program (EIP) is a subsidized private lesson program encouraging students to play those instruments that are typically difficult to recruit for our orchestras (string bass, French horn, trombone and bassoon). EIP is open to new students who are not taking private lessons or to VYOA students interested in moving to one of these instruments.
Qualifying students can participate up to three years during which they receive 24 subsidized lessons annually (September – June). Based on a tiered payment schedule, participating students are asked to contribute $10 per lesson during the first and second year; and $15 per lesson during the third and final year. Other requirements are that the student must participate in their school music program and complete a yearly check-in with the audition panel. They must accept their placement in a VYOA orchestra if they are placed in one as a result of that yearly check-in.
Mia Fritze, French Horn
Mia Fritze joined the staff of the Vermont Youth Orchestra in 2005 as Office Manager, switching over to Operations Assistant in 2011. She received her BA in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and an MM in Horn Performance from Northern Illinois University. Mia teaches horn lessons in Colchester and Montpelier as well as at Middlebury College and continues to play as a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. When not busy with something musical, she can be found playing in the mountains or experimenting with film and digital photography.
Jesse Metzler, Trombone
A multi-skilled brass instrumentalist, Jesse is rapidly emerging as an active, in-demand performer and teacher in the Burlington area music scene. He has performed locally with Richard James’ Krewe Orleans, Dwight and Nicole, the Chad Hollister Band, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Joe’s Big Band, Thea Wren, Randall Pierce Trio, the Vermont Burlesque Festival, Left Eye Jump, Northern Spy and others. He performs regularly with the Maple Street Six, the Get Messy, and regularly attends weekly jam sessions at Foam Brewers, Deli 126, and Light Club Lamp Shop.
In a classical setting, Jesse has performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony, and locally with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the New England Philharmonic, the Longy School of Music Orchestra, the Concord Orchestra, and the Boston University Trombone Choir.
Jesse attended college at Montclair State University, graduating with a degree in trombone performance in 2010. He has been teaching privately since 2008. As a teacher, he worked at French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts for three intense summers. For the past ten Julys, he has taught at Friends Music Camp at Earlham College, where his duties included brass lessons, music theory classes, and directing concert band, street band, and the Symphony Orchestra.
Bill Tilley, Double Bass
A native Vermonter and VYO alum, Bill Tilley began playing double bass professionally at age 17 when he won an audition for the Vermont Symphony. In 1987 he graduated from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Roger M. Scott, former Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Upon graduating, he played regularly with a variety of ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet and The Opera Company of Philadelphia.
In his seven years as alternate bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bill has worked with the majority of the world’s leading conductors, including Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Eric Leinsdorf, Georges Pretre and Ricardo Muti. His international career includes tours with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Europe and the Americas, the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Music Festival and the BBC Proms. In addition, he has made three recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra under three different conductors: Ricardo Muti, Charles Dutoit and the late Wolfgang Sawallisch.
Bill is an avid chamber musician as well, playing with many local ensembles including two series for the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, playing with such chamber music greats as cellists Peter Wiley, Edward Aaron and violinist / Festival Director Soovin Kim. He plays for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, is Principal Bass of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and played Principal Bass for the former Vermont Mozart Festival.
A passionate teacher, Bill is the double bass coach for the Vermont Youth Orchestra and has taught many of its students privately. He is founder of the “Wahnfried Studio,” in Charlotte, VT, which offers a wide range of musical instruction from general music appreciation and basic musical reading to coaching in historically aware performance practice and musical theory. The mission of the “Wahnfried Studio” is to generate awareness and appreciation for the great traditions of the musical past and to find joy and satisfaction in hard work, which makes substantial art possible. Some of Mr. Tilley’s students have been accepted at prestigious music schools such as Manhattan School of Music, Peabody, Eastman and Hart.
Maxwell Grube, Bassoon