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Volume IX Fall ‘11


O n l i n e Ne ws l e t t e r o f M a r y l a n d C l a s s i c Yo u t h O rc h e s t r a s

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MCYO Staff and Board of Directors


Executive Director...............Cheryl Jukes Artistic Adviser....................Jonathan Carney Director of Music Ed...........David Levin

Operations Manager.................John Park Associate Executive Director...Christine Cox Accountant.................................Julie Hamre


David Levin, Jason Love, Jorge Orozco, MaryAnn Poling, Pablo Saelzer, Kristofer Sanz

Chamber Ensemble Directors

Albert Hunt, Carolyn Oh, Janese Sampson, Monika Vasey


Linda Fong, Ben Kepler, Elizabeth Peterson, Ashleigh Townsend, Holley Trittipoe, Paula Wheeland

Board of Directors

Chair......................................Bill Ford Secretary................................Nan Cooper

Vice Chair..................................David Phillips Treasurer....................................Denise Miller


Jerry Breslow, Bette Eberly-Hill, Dianne Felton, Erickson Foster, Michael Lemov, Jamie Schneider

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Contents | MCYO

Table of Contents 2

Letter From the Board Chair


Frequently Asked Questions


Upcoming Events


From ASTA: Sight Reading


Conductors’ Musings


Busy MCYO Musicians!

10 Meet our... 11 Relive the Fall Semester 12 MCYO Financial News

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MCYO | Letter From the Board Chair Dear MCYO Members and Friends, It is my pleasure and privilege to lead MCYO’s Board as Chair this 2011-2012 season. This 66th season of the organization is well underway and the MCYO artistic and administrative staff are working hard to provide great experiences for our young musicians! The Board has visited rehearsals and we look forward to terrific December concert performances by all of the MCYO ensembles: 6 orchestras, 2 Flute choirs, a Clarinet choir and the Harp Ensemble—over 460 students enrolled this year—an all-time high. We have a wonderful Board of Directors in place who I know join me in their enthusiasm to serve the MCYO. I wholeheartedly welcome the time and talent of the current Board officers and directors at large: Vice Chair, David Phillips, Assistant Dean & Arts Institute Director, Montgomery College (serving his 6th year as an officer of the MCYO Board) Treasurer: Denise Miller, Marketing Program Manager Red Hat, Inc. Secretary: Nan Cooper, Executive Director US Swimming, CT Chapter. Directors at large: Jerry Breslow, Esq., attorney, retired Comsat Corp; Michael Lemov, attorney & appointed member of MD Consumer Council; long-time MCYO supporter and former Board Secretary Bette Eberly-Hill; Dianne Felton (Vice President of Operations, Mental Health America), Jamie Schneider (E-Marketing Specialist, Smithsonian Associates), and Erickson Foster (Graphic Designer, Celerity IT). Operative committees working this season will include: Governance & Nominating; Audit, Financial Aide & Scholarships, Finance and Social Media. One of my chief goals for the year is to ensure that MCYO thrives by establishing strategic program guidelines for the future, including policies for investing to enhance the artistic experiences we provide. As Garison Keillor famously states, “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” Help us make MCYO a memorable educational and musical experience students will appreciate and cherish for years to come. Help fill the concert hall for every performance by inviting family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, teachers and anyone else wishing to support a worthy cause, one that can make a real difference in our children’s lives. Bill Ford Chair, MCYO Board of Director

MCYO’s New Website! We are excited to announce that the MCYO’s new website is at final stages of going online. The new website will have a completely new and beautiful design, proud to say most of it was done in-house. New website will feature a simple and user-friendly design and provide easy access to everyone. You can preview the NEW website at www. and we hope to have the website online by mid-November.


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Frequently Asked Questions | MCYO MCYO FAQs: SECTIONALS Q – What is a Sectional? A – Sectional is when the different sections of the orchestra split up during rehearsal (in MCYO’s case, one full rehearsal night) to concentrate on the section’s own parts. Sectionals are lead by the sectional coaches, who are professional musicians and teachers in the local area who have special expertise of the instrument and/or the section. Q – Where do Sectionals take place? A – In past years, our sectionals were at MCPS facilities, such as Churchill HS or Cabin John MS. This year, we are having all of our sectionals at Julia Bindeman Suburban Center located at 11810 Falls Rd. Potomac, MD 20854. (Entrance is on Falls Chapel Way.) Q – Why do musicians need a Sectional? A – Sectional is a great opportunity for musicians to really hear what the section as a whole sounds like. In most rehearsals, it is hard for musicians to hear their own section due to many other sections playing concurrently. Also, sectionals are a chance for musicians to ask specific questions to coaches, who will have most answers and will be able to show demonstrations on how to perform certain passages or tips to improve the overall section.

If you have any other questions regarding sectionals, please contact us at

NSO Young Associates Program Applications Applications for the 2011-12 NSO Young Associates’ Program are now posted on the National Symphony Orchestra web site. Any high school student in grades 11 and 12, interested in pursuing a career in music, is encouraged to apply. Please spread the word. The application can be accessed on line at: youngassociates.html The core of the NSO Young Associates’ Program involves attendance at NSO rehearsals and observation of various guest artists. (Students will not play their instruments.) Through this program, the Young Associates will acquire an appreciation of the wide range of skills, knowledge, and abilities—managerial as well as musical—which are required to put together a performance by a major symphony orchestra. Deadline for the application is Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Alumni News - Stephanie Knutsen - Violin I was a violinist in MCYO from 1993-1995 under the baton of Olivia Gutoff. I attended Gaithersburg High and went on to receive my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University. I played throughout college, and switched to viola after graduating. I’m a freelance musician in the Washington Metro area. Currently, I am principal viola with the Arlington Philharmonic and play regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera orchestra, National Philharmonic and Fairfax Symphony. My husband and I met in college where he was a Tuba major, but then switched to Math. We have a 2 ½ year-old daughter who loves to sing, but doesn’t play an instrument yet...although I think there’s some suzuki cello or violin in her future! Fond memory of MCYO My first time playing much of the standard orchestral rep, including Ravel’s Bolero and Candide overture was quite memorable! Advice to the current young & talented MCYO students Make time for music in your future, even if you don’t choose to major in it. Also, support your fellow artists! The arts need you, whether you’re performing on the concert stage, listening as an appreciative audience at a recital or going to art exhibits.

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MCYO | Upcoming Events Tuesday, Nov 8 7:30pm: BSO/Montgomery College Distinguished Chamber Music Series, Jonathan Carney and BSO colleague Igor Yuzefovich perform duos by DeBeriot, Mozart and Martinu. Performing the Dvorak’s Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola op 74 with Mr. Carney on this special recital at Montgomery College will be MCYO’s Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Kelley Wallace and Symphony concertmaster Evelyn Song. MCYO commends these students for their effort in preparing these pieces on a short time line and for attending special rehearsals with Mr. Carney! FREE! MC Rockville Campus on Mannakee St. Music Building Recital Hall. Call Montgomery College to reserve a seat 240-567-5209 Wednesday, Nov 9 7:00pm: MCYO presents an Outreach concert at Fox Hills Senior Living Community, 8300 Burdette Rd, Bethesda, MD Features MCYO’s Chamber Strings, conducted by Maestro Jorge Orozco and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Jason Love. Friday, Nov 11 7:30pm: National Philharmonic Violin Master Class with guest artist Chee-Yun, featuring MCYO Philharmonic violinists Ben Hoyt and Samantha Cody at the Music Center at Strathmore (room 402) $5/person. Call National Phil to reserve a seat 301-493-9283 Saturday, Nov 19 11:00am: National Symphony Orchestra Violin Master Class with Elizabeth Adkins at the Kennedy Center, featuring MCYO concertmaster Rhea Chung. For tickets ($5/person), call 202-416-8835.

First Concerts of the Season… …will delight and impress! Sunday, December 4 concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore: 3PM: Chamber Strings, Young Artists and Symphony featuring a special 9-11 tribute 7PM: Harp Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, with soprano soloist Ah Hong Young and Philharmonic TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Call 301-581-5100 or purchase on-line here: 3PM Concert or 7PM Concert. Invite neighbors, friends, teachers and relatives for a wondrous day of music! What better way to show appreciation for and pride in our musician’s talent and hard work than to fill the concert hall! Wednesday, December 7: First concert of the season for our youngest students, the MCYO Preparatory Strings! 5:30 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville, MD Sunday, December 11: Trawick Chamber Music Recital at the Strathmore Mansion 3PM. Features Clarinet Choir with senior and junior Flute Choirs. Reserved seating only, please email at

CONCERT TICKETS! SPECIAL BSO OFFER! BSO will offer $10 RUSH tickets to MCYO students AND their parents on the concert dates listed below, based on availability. (RUSH means available one hour prior to concert start). To purchase, parents need to show the student’s ID and identify themselves as a MCYO parent. Good for dates: February 2, March 22, April 14, May 26. Other concerts may be available throughout the season and MCYO families will be alerted 2-3 days prior to the concerts for which this offer would apply. Stay tuned!


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Usher in the season with the Joyful of the area’s finest youth orchestras.


At Strathmore...

Winter Concerts of the

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Sunday, december 4 at 3 pm Chamber Strings, Young Artists, Symphony with Special Commemoration Tribute to 9/11 Music of Vivaldi, Mozart, Wagner, Schubert, Handel, Mahler, and Locke

Sunday, december 4 at 7 pm Harp Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra featuring soprano Ah Hong Young, Philharmonic Music of Beethoven, Golijov, Verdi, Britten, and Rimsky-Korsakov

TiCkeTS: $20 adults; $12 children under 18, seniors, and music teachers Strathmore Ticket Office: 301-581-5100 • For special group rates, call 301-581-5199 For more information, call 301-581-5208 Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras is a resident partner at The Music Center at Strathmore, and is supported by the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Violin Master Class with Elisabeth


Where: The Kennedy Center When: Sat, November 19, 11:00 a.m. Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra Elisabeth Adkins began her study of the violin at age four. Today, a highly regarded and demanded soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and teacher, Ms. Adkins has established her outstanding artistry and expertise throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and all over the nation. Join us for this intimate master class in which she shares her knowledge of violin technique, musicality, and the violin repertoire with pre-selected violin students.

Open to everyone! (Especially student violinists of all ages.) Fee: $5 per person

Tickets available by phone: 202.416.8835

From ASTA: Sight Reading | MCYO Sight Reading! Have any of you ever faced sight reading on an audition and PANICKED? I think we all have. So how do you get better at it? The short answer is to just do it. A lot. Remember when you were little and learned to read words? Didn’t you read lots and lots of books, starting with easy ones and progressing to more complicated ones? Well, reading music is pretty much the same. The first thing you need to be able to do is to be sure you know the names of all your notes. I know this should be a giant DUH, but check to be sure you know the names of the really high notes above the staff, the low ones below the staff and if you play in another clef sometimes, be fluent there too. And you need to be FAST with identification. If you don’t know the names, how can you apply accidentals? A great suggestion is to get a reading buddy. When I was growing up, I played duets with a friend of mine every week. Later we graduated to playing string quartets. We learned a lot of repertoire and got a lot better at reading. When you play with someone else, it is more fun, and you can’t stop. One of the key things about being a good reader is the ability to keep going even if you miss a note or two. You know how you have those scale and arpeggio requirements on your audition? Scales and arpeggios are the fundamentals of music. If you can play them fluently, you will recognize them when you read. You will be able to scan a passage and play a group of notes rather than having to identify each individual note. Listen to lots and lots of classical music from all periods. If you understand the language of music, it will be easier to anticipate what is coming as well as play in the correct style. Think about it – how could you speak English, if you had never heard it? Same with playing Mozart or Brahms. There are many books that help with identifying rhythm patterns. Isolating rhythmic patterns and practicing them will help when you read. Rhythmic dictation helps with identification too. Obviously, you need to count all the time when you play, so counting OUT LOUD when you practice rhythms will give you the habit of counting ALL the time, especially during those pesky rests and long notes. Have you ever tried to improvise? I studied jazz for a few years and I noticed my reading really improved. As I got better at coming up with my own improvised ideas, I could anticipate what would be on the page. My last suggestion is to practice sight singing. Most of my students would rather eat worms than sing for me, but every time they do sing, they get whatever they are playing correct. Remember, if you can sing it, you can play it. Good luck at your next audition! Catherine Stewart President ASTA MD/DC Chapter Stewart’s Stellar Strings, Director

Thank You MCYO Volunteers! We are truly greatful to all our volunteers! This year, we had the biggest number of volunteers signed up to help on audition week. We really could not manage the audition week without all our awesome volunteers. List of our Volunteers: Alexander Zhang, Allen Luk, Allison Wu, Annie Zhao, Arielle Panitch, Arjuna Subramanian, Aurora Wheeland, Bianca Lee, Brian Tien-Street, Caroline Adkins, Christina Xu, Claire Lin, Deborah Chen, Dennis Zhao, Ellen Gira, Fonda Shen, Haein Son, Heather Liu, Jade Ye, Janet Shi, Jessica Lee, Justine Li, Katherine Kim, Katherine Yau, Kelley Wallace, Kevin Zihao Chen, Kristin Jones, Margaret Quinn, Michael Chen, Michelle Chan, Michelle Yuen, Natalie Hsieh, Patrick Wu, Paxton Liu, Preston Ge, Qingning Fan, Quinn Tai, Rachel Kim, Raymond Lin, Robin Brown, Sarah Abernethy, Sarah Larkin, Sherman Leung, Shinae Yoon, Stacy Shin, Stephanie Rager, Stephen Rinaldi, Tanya Shi, Theresa Chan, Vivien Chen, Yvonne Luk, Zeya Luo Carpool Volunteers: With great appreciation to our Wed night parent carpool helpers: Carol Burgash, Bing Cai, Nita Purohit, Roxanne Betran, and Laura Bach.

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MCYO | Conductors’ Musings From Jorge Orozco, Conductor of Preparatory Strings and Chamber Strings Preparatory Strings The youngest MCYO orchestra had a great start. It is very encouraging to see such a large group of very young talented musicians working hard to make music together. Preparatory Strings will have 4 concerts this season with a variety of musical styles. From Baroque to modern music, from Vivaldi to Bartok, our newest orchestra will this year again delight MCYO audiences. Chamber Strings A new season with an exciting repertoire has started for Chamber Strings. A wide range of styles will be represented in our programs, including Mozart’s famous Twinkle Variations. The Chamber Strings Concerto Competition will be open for violins and violas this season. Winners will perform in our spring concerts. In this first part of the season, Chamber Strings musicians will work on developing orchestral skills essential to make music together.

A portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

From Jason Love,

Conductor of Chamber Orchestra

This semester the Chamber Orchestra tackles two masterpieces of the Classical Period – Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro – alongside modern works by Argentinian composers Alberto Ginstera and Osvaldo Golijov. Beethoven’s Eroica is regarded as one of the most revolutionary works ever written. What makes it so special? Perhaps the most famous anecdote about


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Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony concerns its dedication. Beethoven earnestly believed in liberty and the brotherhood of all mankind, ideas he would return to in his Ninth Symphony and his only opera, Fidelio. Inspired by the events of the French Revolution which claimed to share these lofty goals, Beethoven subtitled his revolutionary new Third Symphony “Buonaparte” after the movement’s standard-bearer: Napoleon. But upon hearing the news that Napoleon had declared himself Emperor, Beethoven was outraged. “So he, too, is a tyrant like the rest!” He erased the title so angrily the manuscript still shows the violent tear of the page, and the piece was renamed “Sinfonia Eroica.” Beethoven had come to Vienna to study with Haydn, but his original goal had been to study with Mozart. From Haydn, Beethoven learned the art of taking a single musical idea and developing it to reveal all sorts of nuances and expressions. (Think of how the entire first movement of the Fifth Symphony is built from just 2-3 short ideas.) But the Eroica bears Mozart’s stamp, too. Unlike Haydn, Mozart’s tendency was to introduce a ton of musical ideas hurled right up on top of each other. His melodies are each like distinctive characters in a purely instrumental “opera-without-words,” interacting and cajoling each other in serious and comic ways. And so it goes with the Eroica, but in a scope never encountered before in Mozart … or anywhere else in music. The first movement is not only the longest symphony movement that had ever been written, but probably the most complex and ambitious as well. Why? It seems to be the intensely personal nature of these themes and motives that makes the Eroica so revolutionary. It’s like we are hearing Beethoven’s joy and anger, Beethoven’s frustration and hope, his political views, his personal struggles. The emotional distance between composer and symphony we expect from the Classical composers is disappearing… We get the first glimpse of the intense personal expression of Romanticism in the Eroica, and paradoxically, it is Beethoven’s personal experiences that make the work so universal: We’ve all felt what he feels. But don’t be fooled by the grand title! The symphony is not only about lofty heroism… Too many performances miss the humor and wit, especially of the finale. Try checking out a recording of the entire symphony, and to learn more, there’s lots of fascinating stuff on the San Francisco Symphony’s Eroica website at

Conductors’ Musings | MCYO From David Levin,

Conductor of Philharmonic

Welcome back everyone; students, teachers, and parents! Needless to say, the Philharmonic Orchestra is hard at work preparing the first program of the 2011-12 concert season. My thoughts in selecting the works were to make the concert all about the musicians within the orchestra as expressed by two very well respected composers, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Benjamin Britten. Both composers wrote their compositions with the expressed purpose of featuring the instruments of the orchestra, and of course the musicians who play them. During the very first readings in 1887 of RimskyKorsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, the St. Petersburg Orchestra musicians were most enthusiastic about the work. They interrupted rehearsals frequently to applaud Rimsky-Korsakov. At the premiere itself the audience demanded a full repetition as soon as the first performance ended. When the score was published, Rimsky saw to it that the dedication was not merely to the orchestra as a collective body, but to every one of the musicians, whom he named individually. Benjamin Britten believed that music was the key to understanding and communication, an embodiment of the entire spectrum of human emotion. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra exemplifies Britten’s appreciation and love for every instrument in the orchestra. Britten was asked to compose a work designed to acquaint young people with the characters of the various instruments and instrumental choirs that make up the modern orchestra. Not only did he compose a work that will allow you to hear and see all of the musicians, but Britten also managed to feature them individually, in small sections, large choirs, and in the context of a full symphony orchestra. Needless to say, the music is challenging and virtuosic in its technical demands. I couldn’t be more proud of the MCYO musicians that were selected for this year’s Philharmonic Orchestra and have the utmost confidence in their abilities to prepare their parts. Add to that, the support our musicians get from parents, friends, and the many teachers and MCYO coaches, I am able to arrive at Strathmore EVERY Wednesday evermore excited to work with them to develop these selections for the December concert. In anticipation of the May concert, please be aware of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto Competition.

If you know of anyone that might be up for the challenge of performing this work on stage at Strathmore with the Philharmonic Orchestra, please let him or her know. Private teachers, please consider one of your students or ask one of your colleagues if they have a student interested in learning this concerto.

From Kristofer Sanz,

Conductor of Symphony

Welcome to all MCYO Symphony musicians and parents! I hope everyone has had a very successful start to their MCYO concert season and to their academic school year. First off, I wanted to say how truly honored and humbled I am to be able to work with each and every one of MCYO’s 2011-2012 Symphony musicians this year. It is very clear that all of the symphony musicians have been working rigorously to learn and perfect their repertoire for this concert and we are already taking great strides towards performing a musical and passionate orchestra. Therefore, I feel very confident in saying that after only four rehearsals with the orchestra, I can already feel and sense that this is going to be a very special, successful, l and highly musical year for Symphony! We have a very exciting program planned for our December concert. At this concert we will be performing: the rousing Overture to H.M.S Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan; the stylistically diverse Faust Ballet Suite by Charles Gounod; a very moving and emotionally stirring work in honor of the firemen that lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy 9/11: Reading of the Names by Jessica Locke; and finally the glorious Empfunden or “What Love Tells Me” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 in d minor. With this musically diverse program the symphony musicians have been challenged to not only play in a variety of different musical styles, tempi and complex keys, but they also have been asked to develop a mature, musical, and emotional connectio, to the music that they are performing. This immense challenge has proved to truly motivate and drive the student musicians to practice, perform and interpret their repertoire at the highest level.

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Free and open to the public! BSO/ Montgomery College

Distinguished Artist Chamber Music Series Featuring BSo concertmaster and mcyo artistic adviser

JOnAthAn CARnEY tuesday, november 8 at 7:30 pm Music Building Recital hall Montgomery College, Rockville Campus 51 Mannakee Street Rockville, MD PERFORMERS From the Baltimore Symphony orcheStra

concertmaster Jonathan Carney.........Violin and Viola assistant concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich...........Violin From the maryland claSSic youth orcheStraS

Symphony concertmaster Evelyn Song...........Violin chamber orchestra concertmaster Kelley Wallace.........Violin PROGRAM duo concertante for two Violins, op. 57....................charles deBeriot Moderato Adagio Moderato Allegro Con Spirito terzetto for two Violins and Viola. 0p. 74....................antonin dvorak Allegro ma non troppo Larghetto duo for Violin and Viola in G major, K.423......................W.a. mozart Allegro Adagio Allegro Three madrigals for Violin and Viola..........................Bohuslav martinu Poco Allegro Poco Andante Allegro

MCYO | Busy MCYO Musicians! Only two months into our season, yet many MCYO musicians have already performed or been involved in the following Fall events: September 11 – Kudos to the MCYO String Quartet for their terrific performance on Sunday, Sep 11 at the Baltimore World Trade Center’s 9-11 Memorial Commemoration Ceremony for all Maryland victims. A special new monument was dedicated at the Inner Harbor on this 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. MCYO was specifically invited to perform upon request of the Governor’s office and the Maryland State Arts Council. Kudos and special thanks to PHIL musicians: Rhea Chung, Lori Kaufman, Brian Tien-Street and Philip Kettler. September 21 – Strathmore presented a “A Night of Clarinets” at the Mansion, a master class with Strathmore Artist-in-residence Rob Patterson. MCYO performers included PHIL clarinetists Ellen Hong, William Cai, Yoonshik Hong and Ross Vincent playing orchestral repertoire and a special arrangement of Piazolla’s Oblivion for Clarinet Quartet. What a treat! MCYO clarinetists were great master class students and represented MCYO admirably! September 24 – MCYO / BSO Concertmaster Master Class (use a photo) Concertmasters from each orchestra (PHIL, CHA, SYM, YA and CS), performed magnificently for MCYO Artistic Adviser and BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney in our annual Master class for top violinists! It is a thrill to see such talent in our young students and this lively session was chocked full of musical and artistic tips from our very own resident expert! Kudos and thanks to our performing students: From PHIL: Rhea Chung From Chamber Orchestra: Kelley Jo Wallace and Michelle Noh From Symphony: Evelyn Song From Young Artists: Claire Hebeisen and Florence Ning From Chamber Strings: Ryan Cho October 1 – National Philharmonic pre-concert performance by the MCYO String Quartet. Thanks to our special partnering at Strathmore, the String Quartet and Brass Quintet will be performing pre-concert for several BSO and National Phil concerts this season. Look for them in the orchestra lobby! October 24 – thanks to the MCYO String Quartet (Rhea Chung, Lori Kaufman, Brian Tien-Street and Philip Kettler) for their performance during the VIP reception of the 2011 County Executive’s Awards at the Music Center at Strathmore. Over 120 VIPs from the Montgomery County Council, arts councils and the Maryland State legislature, including MD Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown were serenaded with the magical music of this group! October 29 – MCYO/BSO Master Class for Flute with BSO’s Marcia Kamper. Wow! What a lot of flutes we heard! In this terrific master class, MCYO presented all of the flutes currently participating in our program – about 40 students in all! Both Flute Choirs performed, plus the flute sections of each full orchestra: Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony and Young Artists. The orchestra sections worked on portions of the concert repertoire and the Flute choirs gave us sneak preview of a piece each is planning for their Dec 11 recital. Kudos to all of our flutists for their beautiful playing and studiousness in responding to Marcia’s tips! Thank you to our wonderful Flute Choir directors, Janese Sampson and Carolyn Oh for performing after only 4 rehearsals with the choirs!

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Conductors’ Musings | MCYO Continued from Page 7 My goal for this first concert has been to challenge our young musicians and to get them to perform at a musical level that exceeds far beyond their years of age. It is my hopes that the culmination of this challenge will come to fruition when the orchestra performs their final piece, Empfunden or “What Love Tells Me” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 3 in d minor. As Bruno Walters stated about this amazing work: “In the last movement, words are stilled—for what language can utter heavenly love more powerfully and forcefully than music itself? The Adagio, with its broad, solemn melodic line, is, as a whole—and despite passages of burning pain—eloquent of comfort and grace. It is a single sound of heartfelt and exalted feelings.” What more can be said to truly motivate and drive our students to fully understand and discover within themselves their true value, their true talent, and their true passion for life and all creation!

But musicians have to develop a sense of their place in the orchestra that is their own, not simply a reaction to being exposed as playing incorrectly. Good musicians are more bothered than anybody else when they’re out of tune. String musicians learn this earlier because they have to, but wind players as well find that simply putting the right combination of keys down does not ensure that the note will be exactly “right.” Beyond simply making sure the note is right, though, musicians have to develop an awareness of the music being right. For a musician playing in an ensemble, it isn’t enough to play his own part with the From MaryAnn Poling, right notes at the right length, with proper intonation Conductor of Young Artists and dynamics, or even with good line and musicality. That part has to fit with what the entire orchestra is Among the most important skills for a young mu- playing together. This concert’s program includes several pieces in sician to develop is the ability to listen—not merely to which the strings and winds double each other in listen to herself, to make sure the note she is playing matches the note on the page, but to listen to the rest many places. This doubling provides volume and of the orchestra to make sure the note she is playing depth for the audience, but it also affords players an opportunity to appreciate the enhanced tonal dimenmatches the music the ensemble is making. Musicians first learn this the hard way—by realiz- sions and colors made possible when different instruing that what they are playing is out of place. Perhaps ments play the very same music at the same time. But that only works if everybody listens actively to everythey’re missing a sharp, or they’ve skipped a line on the music, or they’ve come in early. The embarrass- body else. It only takes one oblivious musician to ruin a moment! ment of that experience is a powerful motivator!

Alumni News - Sharon Soffer - Flute I was a flutist in the Junior Symphony in 1975 and 76, then Youth Symphony in 1977-79, under Chester Petranek. I attended Winston Churchill HS. After, I attended the University of Maryland, receiving my BA in English Literature, then went on to law school at Georgetown University Law Center. I played for the Georgetown Law Center’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society in law school, and played in the Falls Church (VA) Concert Band for about 15 years. I currently am principal flute for the newly formed Symphony Orchestra of Arlington. As for my current career, I am starting a chocolate business! My husband is a proficient pianist. My daughters have played piano a little, but have not pursued music. Fond memory of MCYO I remember once when we were rehearsing the 3rd movement of Dvorak Symphony #8, a waltz, Mr. Petranek invited the principal flutist (Sarah Phillips, I believe) to waltz with him while we played. Advice to the current young & talented MCYO students Even if you decide not to pursue a career in music, it enriches your life and broadens your horizons. It is a way to connect with people wherever you go, and can be enjoyed on any level. It allows you to express yourself in a completely different way from the rest of life. Find a way to continue playing, whatever else you may choose to do.

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The Area’s Premier Youth Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Musical Stars!

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras at Strathmore presents

A Special Musical Evening for Fox Hill Seniors

Classically Yours

Wednesday, November 9 at 7 pm Fox Hill Senior Living Community 8300 Burdette Road, Bethesda, Maryland

MCYO Chamber Strings (grades 4-6)

Jorge Orozco, Conductor Linda Fong, Manager

Vivaldi: Sinfonia in G Major, RV 146 1st Movement, Allegro Mozart: Twinkle Twinkle Variations Bizet: Overture to Carmen

MCYO Chamber Orchestra (grades 9-10)

Jason Love, Conductor Holley Trittipoe, Manager

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” 1st Movement, Allegro con brio Ginastera: “Malambo” from Estancia

Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras is a resident partner at The Music Center at Strathmore

For more information, call 301-581-5208 or visit

Meet our... | MCYO Sectional Coaches First Violin Adrian Semo

Cello David Cho

Second Violin/Viola Alice Ju & Maria Montano

Cello Laurien Laufman

Bass Laura Ruas

Brass Shawn Hagen

Brass Chris Gekker

Woodwinds Dr. James Badolato

Percussion Ken Krohn

Woodwinds Ari Allal

Conductors / Managers

Conductors (Left to Right): MaryAnn Poling, David Levin, Kristofer Sanz, Jason Love, Jorge Orozco Managers (Right to Left): Ben Kepler, Holley Trittipoe, Paula Wheeland, Linda Fong, Ashleigh Townsend

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MCYO | Relive the Fall Semester MCYO PHOTOS

Here are some of the photos from Fall 2011.

Audition Week Volunteers

Strathmore Clarinet Master Class with Rob Patterson

String Quartet with Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown at the County Executive’s Award Ceremony

String Quartet Performs at the County Executive’s Award Ceremony

MCYO/BSO Concertmaster Master Class with Jonathan Carney

MCYO/BSO Flute Master Class with Marcia Kämper Junior Flute Choir with Director Dr. Carolyn Oh

We always add pictures to our Flickr page, click HERE to view.


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MCYO Financial News | MCYO MCYO Financial News By Denise Miller, Treasurer, MCYO Board of Director The annual non-profit audit of MCYO has been recently completed. I am happy to report that MCYO had another good year last season, as the numbers and charts below reflect from the final FY11 audit. In October, the MCYO Board approved the allocation of funds for a number of special uses including new rehearsal and ensemble coaches, instrument purchases (new timpani and other percussion equipment) and a special performance fund to help with additional concert tours/trips or events in the future. As for the current fiscal year, MCYO is off to a strong start with first quarter budget numbers on target. Thanks to the efforts of our Financial Assistance/Scholarship Committee Chair, Bette Eberly-Hill, MCYO was able to award over $30K in need-based assistance for tuition and lessons to 25 students this season. MCYO gratefully acknowledges financial assistance and scholarship grants from the Joseph & Ligia Wiegand Family Foundation, the Trawick Foundation, the Jeffrey and Carolyn Leonard Scholarship Fund, and the Eberly Chair fund. The Music Center at Strathmore is one of the finest performance facilities in the country and MCYO is fortunate to be able to reside and perform here. MCYO continually seeks to expand its donor, patron and sponsorship base and we ask for your support in helping the organization to make new contacts, find new sponsors and grantors. One of the easiest ways to help is to sign up for your employer’s Matching gift/donation program. Please explore and utilize opportunities like this to help increase funding for MCYO (IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Exxon-Mobil and the Washington Post are but a few examples of regional employers our parents have tapped, enabling individual donations to double in value.) MCYO proudly acknowledges financial sponsorship by the following contributors.

• Individual Contributors • Montgomery Alliance for Community Giving • Board of Directors • The United Way and America’s Charities • Strathmore Hall Foundation • Carolyn and Jeffrey Leonard Tuition Scholarship Fund • Maryland State Arts Council • The Joseph and Rosalind Shifrin Guest Artists Fund • Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County • The Trawick Foundation • Andreas and Margaret Makris Scholarship Fund • Joseph & Ligia Wiegand Family Foundation • IBM • COSTCO • Lockheed Martin Corporation • Washington Gas & Light Company • Washington Post Company • AT&T

Founded in 1946, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras is the oldest, largest and most established youth orchestra program in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. MCYO not only enriches the community with quality orchestra experiences but “nurtures and develops young talented musicians” by offering three full orchestras, one chamber orchestra, two string orchestras and additional chamber ensembles. Ranging in grades 3-12, over 450 talented musicians from around the region participate each season. For additional information, contact the MCYO administrative offices (301) 501-5208 or 5209

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