A Golden Jubilee: Celebrating 50 Years Young!

Tickets are on sale now!  Click here to order.

The VYOA celebrates 50 years young with a Golden Jubilee!  Please join us on Thursday, March 13 at 5:30 pm for a special evening honoring the founders of the Vermont Youth Orchestra.  This ticketed cocktail-hour event will include performances by VYOA students, refreshments, cash bar, and a themed basket raffle.  All proceeds from this event go to support VYOA ensembles, financial aid, and outreach programs.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate 50 years of music and memories for our community’s youth, and honor the people who made it all possible.

Tickets for this fundraising event are $50 per person and are non-refundable.  There are a limited number of tickets which can be purchased online here.  You can also print this form and mail it to us.  Raffle tickets for our themed baskets will be sold at the event.

Soovin rehearses with VYO

Today marks the first of a number of rehearsals that VYO members will have with Soovin this week.  They sound wonderful! Have you gotten your tickets yet?  This performance is not to be missed.

Icy walkways at ELMC!

Please be careful if you are visiting the Elley-Long Music Center today.  The front walkway and the walkway leading from our back parking lot is clear.  The sidewalks surrounding the building are very icy.  Some salting has been done but the ice is thick.  There is also sever flooding in the street in front of ELMC.  Be careful!

Calling All VYOA Alumni!

Calling all VYOA Alumni!

The VYOA’s 50th Anniversary season is off to a great start and will culminate in our gala anniversary concert at 3pm on May 4, 2014 at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, VT.  We are thrilled to invite our alumni to join the weekend celebration in several ways:

1. Share your memories of your VYOA experience with us and help us build better resources for our alumni by participating in our alumni survey.
2. Make plans to join us for the 50th Anniversary Weekend events , including the Friday, May 2nd commemoration and recreation of the VYO’s first concert at Hunt Middle School, a Saturday, May 3rd barbecue at Elley-Long Music Center, and the Sunday afternoon concert at the Flynn.
3. Participate in the VYO Alumni Orchestra in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia led by 1995-2009 VYOA Music Director Troy Peters at the Sunday May 4th concert (rehearsal on the afternoon of Saturday May 3rd).
4. Sing in the chorus for the VYO’s first-ever performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Sunday concert.

Please fill out our alumni survey to share your VYOA memories and life events and indicate your interest in playing in the alumni orchestra and/or singing in the chorus. We will use the information gathered in this questionnaire to help us make decisions in forming the alumni orchestra and planning other activities. We aim to communicate alumni orchestra and choral participant information by the end of the year. Even if you know you will not be able to be physically present at the Anniversary Weekend activities, we’d like to acknowledge your part in the VYOA’s story.

We would love to hear from you!





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The Vermont Youth Orchestra Association celebrates 50 years!!

There is something about the VYOA that brought you to our website, and we’re glad you’re here!

What do you love about the VYOA?  Do you have fond memories as a former VYOA student? Are you a parent of a current or former VYOA student?  Maybe you’ve been to a performance and experienced the joy of music played by exceptionally gifted young people from across the state.

Whatever it is that you love about the VYOA, it’s made possible by generous support from individuals like you who understand the value and know the joy of music.

Please consider making a gift today to help the VYOA offer another 50 years of music education and performance guided by a clear mission:

“To develop young people as artists, citizens, and leaders
through the shared pursuit of musical excellence.”

Right now, everyone who makes a gift of $100 or more receives a 50th anniversary mug!  Never donated to the VYOA?  All first-time donors who give $50 or more also receive a mug.  Act now to be sure you get yours!

Want to help us use your donation to its fullest potential?  Add $5.00 to your gift to cover the shipping costs.  Either way, we’re glad to send it to you, and we are so grateful for your support!  Thanks for celebrating this amazing milestone with the VYOA: Music for youth. Music for life!


VYOA Open House – Sunday, November 3

The VYOA will be having an Open House on Sunday, November 3.  Stop by the Elley-Long Music Center between 2:30 & 5:30 pm to ask questions, observe a rehearsal, get information about our ensembles and programs, and enjoy some snacks.  Bring your friends and family or anyone interested in what the VYOA is all about!

Imani Winds Master Class – Saturday, October 26

Please join us on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Elley-Long Music Center for a master class featuring the world-class woodwind quintet, Imani Winds.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn while watching world-class musicians work with VYOA students.  Free and open to the public!

Imani Winds Biography – www.imaniwinds.com

More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Imani Winds’ touring schedule has taken them across the globe. At home, the group has performed in the nation’s major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, and Kimmel Center. The group is frequently engaged by the premier chamber music series in Boston, San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia and New York, and have also played virtually every major university performing arts series including those in Amherst, Ann Arbor, Austin, Seattle, Stanford, Urbana and countless others. Festivals include Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Colorado, and Ravinia Festival. In recent seasons, the group has traveled extensively internationally, with tours in China, Singapore, Brazil, and throughout Europe. Current season highlights include debuts at La Folle Journee in Nantes, France, and in London’s Wigmore Hall.

The group continues its Legacy Commissioning Project, in which the ensemble is commissioning, premiering and touring new works for woodwind quintet written by established and emerging composers of diverse musical backgrounds. The Legacy Project kicked off in 2008 with world premieres by Alvin Singleton and Roberto Sierra. Since then, projects have included works by Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Danilo Perez, Simon Shaheen, and Mohammed Fairouz. The group’s fifth album on E1 Music – entitled Terra Incognita after Wayne Shorter’s piece written for the group – is a celebration of the Legacy project with new works written for Imani Winds by Mr. Shorter, Jason Moran, and Paquito D’Rivera. Imani Winds make their Naxos debut performing the Legacy-commissioned-work Jebel Lebnan by Mohammed Fairouz on the composer’s March 2013 release, Native Informant.

The wide range of programs offered by Imani Winds demonstrates their mission to expand the repertoire and diversify new music sources. From Mendelssohn, Jean Françaix, György Ligeti, and Luciano Berio, to Astor Piazzolla, Elliott Carter and John Harbison; and to the unexpected ranks of Paquito D’Rivera and Simone Shaheen, Imani Winds actively seek to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom. Imani members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott both regularly contribute compositions and arrangements to the ensemble’s expanding repertoire, bringing new sounds and textures to the traditional instrumentation.

Through commissions and performance the quintet regularly collaborates with artists ranging from Yo-Yo Ma to Wayne Shorter. Shorter’s Terra Incognita – his first-ever composition for another ensemble – was premiered by Imani Winds. The group went on to perform extensively with Shorter at major European festivals like the North Sea Jazz Festival, and in North America at venues such as Carnegie and Disney halls. On Shorter’s acclaimed 2013 release on Blue Note, Without a Net, Imani Winds are featured prominently. The group’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center residency culminated in a recital in New York’s Alice Tully Hall with renowned clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Paquito D’Rivera. The ensemble has also worked with luminaries such as bandoneonist Daniel Binelli, the Brubeck brothers, clarinetist David Shifrin, and pianists Gilbert Kalish and Shai Wosner. Their ambitious project, “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!” brought chanteuse René Marie with them to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

Imani Winds enjoy frequent national exposure in all forms of media, including features on NPR’s All Things Considered, appearances on APM’s Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today, BBC/PRI’s The World, as well as frequent coverage in major music magazines and newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The group maintains an ongoing relationship with Sirius-XM and has been featured multiple times and on various channels.

Their excellence and influences have been recognized with numerous awards including the 2007 ASCAP Award, 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the CMA/WQXR Award for their debut and self-released recording Umoja. At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first-ever Educational Residency Ensemble, in recognition of their tremendous musical abilities and innovative programming.

Imani Winds’ commitment to education runs deep. The group participates in residencies throughout the U.S., giving master classes to thousands of students a year. In the summer of 2010, the ensemble launched its annual Chamber Music Festival. The program, set on the Juilliard campus, brings together young instrumentalists from across North America and beyond for an intense week of music exploration.

Imani Winds have five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award nominated recording entitled The Classical Underground. They have also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note.

Season ticket subscriptions on sale through September 29th!

Our 50th anniversary season has begun, and promises to be full of timeless music and unforgettable performances!  Purchase your season subscription by September 29th and save on your VYOA concert tickets. There are three ticket packages to choose from; please see below for details or click here to view our season brochure.

2013-2014 Season Ticket Subscriptions are available through September 29, 2013.
Single tickets go on sale September 11, 2013 at www.flynntix.com.

To order call 86-Flynn or visit the Flynn Center Box Office.  You can also print and mail in an order form by clicking here.  Subscription tickets cannot be purchased online.

Package #1:  VYO Concerts
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

  • Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:00pm
  • Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00pm

$45/adults; $30/students

Package #2: VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale Concerts
Elley-Long Music Center
(This includes May 4, 2014 VYOC with the VYO at the Flynn Center)

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00pm (Flynn Center)

$35/adult; $20/student

Package #3: VYO and VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale Concerts (5 concerts)

  • Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:00pm

$65/adult; $38/student