VYO Senior Spotlight!

This week we introduce two musicians that you can’t always see on stage, but you can certainly hear them!


Avi Bauer, percussion
Mount Mansfield Union High
VT Youth Orchestra – 1 year
VT Youth Philharmonia – 2 years










Nathan Arre, trumpet
Burlington High
VT Youth Orchestra – 2 years
VT Youth Philharmonia – 2 years






What do you love about being in an orchestra?
Arre: I love the experience of such a large group working towards a common goal of perfecting our music, all helping each other along the way.

What has been your biggest musical breakthrough?
Bauer: Getting my first good sounding drum roll.

What advice would you give to younger music students as they strive to build their skills?
Arre: New ideas introduced by your instructor or conductor might seem crazy, but music is crazy, and they’re usually right.

What would you like to change in the orchestral world?
Bauer: I’d like there to be a bigger appreciation for it among young adults. The majority of high schoolers think classical music is stupid and boring but it’s quite the opposite, and I wish more kids my age realized that.

What has been your most inspiring or memorable musical experience?
Arre: Studying Tchaikovsky’s fifth symphony this year has made me pay closer attention to all my music, and performing the piece has been an eye-opening experience.

What is your favorite VYOA memory?
Arre: I made so many amazing new friends throughout the years in the VYOA. I treasure every moment, in or out of rehearsal, that I got to spend with them.
Bauer: Meeting all my friends that I have now. S/O to the Ratchat

Apart from orchestral music, what other kind of music do you love?
Bauer: Everything except country. I’ve been on a Punk/Hardcore/Midwest Emo binge right now and I’m really enjoying it.
Arre: Pretty much anything except country, although right now I’m really into Hippo Campus and Charles Mingus.

If you could collaborate with any musician, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Arre: The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’ve always thought they could use a trumpet solo or two.
Bauer: There’s this artist named Cuco and I’d love to do some Lofi Hip Hop drum loops for him.

If you already know, what college or university do you plan to attend next year?
Arre: I’ll be playing with the Marine Band for the next four years, and then hopefully enrolling at the Hartt School of Music, studying Music Production.
Bauer: I don’t know exactly but it’s a choice between Montana State or The San Francisco Conservatory Of Music, studying Music Performance.