May – From the Podium

May is an especially rewarding month at the VYOA! As our 54th season comes to a close, we celebrate a fulfilling year of artistic growth while making preparations for a new season of musical discovery. On behalf of everyone at the VYOA, congratulations to all of our musicians and families on an extraordinary season. Thank you for your dedication to musical excellence, and for making the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association a place where everyone can develop not only lifelong skills, but also enduring friendships.

One important part of preparing for our 2018-2019 season is holding spring auditions. Throughout this process, our musicians demonstrate the progress they’ve made this year, and we meet many new students who will join our musical family next fall. I feel privileged to witness this process, because hearing these auditions is like looking into the future. Today’s VYOA musicians are becoming tomorrow’s leaders, individuals who already employ their talent and ideas to enrich our community. As I observe the confidence, creativity, and clarity with which our students represent themselves, it’s inspiring to imagine the vibrant future they are promoting throughout Vermont and beyond.

Musically Yours,
Benjamin Klemme
Music Director