NVYO March 5, 2023 concert program

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Dr. Kevin F. E. Sütterlin, Artistic Director & Symphony conductor

Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. He belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about. He supports “WIRES” (Australian Wildlife Rescue) and the “Memphis Music Initiative” through his performances Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Opera and Associate Professor of Conducting at Concordia College Under his direction, The Concordia Orchestra has received two EMMY awards, and has won the prestigious American Prize Sütterlin is Music Director of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra one of Wisconsin’s finest professional orchestras and Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis since 2014, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for the Greater Memphis communities Perhaps the only orchestra in the U S with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis’s conductors Dr Mathias Elmer and Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra’s credo: friendship through music They also co-direct The Sinfonietta Academy for Historically Informed Performance Practice, which has recently been recognized as one of the country’s leading period performance practice institutes In 2019, Sütterlin was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Qingdao Concert Hall Symphony in China, and in 2021 Honorary Conductor of K-Classic Orchestras, a Korean organization dedicated to contributing to world peace through musical and cultural exchange Sütterlin furthermore serves as Principal Guest Conductor of Fargo-Moorhead Opera, where he recently directed productions of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel to great acclaim.

With a great love and passion for teaching, Sütterlin is Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, and holds The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Orchestra Chair of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival, directing the organization’s orchestral and conducting programs He is a much sought-after clinician for regional, state-wide, national, and international music festival and workshops

Championing the music of living as well as historically under-represented composers, Sütterlin commits to broad and diverse programming on every single concert with all of his ensembles. Considering himself a “citizen of the world,” Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across four different continents and has led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours He has performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States He has taught at Shanghai Conservatory, Sichuan Conservatory, Ocean University Qingdao, University of Cape Town, University of Hawaii, Musikhochschule Luzern, University of Memphis, and Virginia Tech University. Highlights of his upcoming guest conducting season include engagements with the National Opera of Chile Chamber Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Namibia National Symphony, and Arizona State University. Sütterlin received his doctorate and master’s degrees in orchestral conducting from The University of Memphis where he studied with Dr. Pu-Qi Jiang and Michael Stern, and a bachelor’s degree in conducting from the Hochschule Luzern Musik, Switzerland

Hartten, Philharmonic conductor

Kara Hartten began her musical studies at the age of five in her hometown of Redding, Connecticut. She earned both a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from DePauw University, followed by a Master of Music in cello performance and instrumental conducting from the University of North Dakota Ms Hartten is presently an orchestra teacher in the Grand Forks Public Schools and performs with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra She founded a string ensemble she currently directs, the UND Community Orchestra, and is a past conductor for NVYO’s Allegro Orchestra; she has additionally coached NVYO Crescendo, and cello sectionals. As a cellist, Kara has performed with the UND Student String Quartet and UND’s Red River Trio, a student ensemble that toured in May of 2014 in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China. Kara has studied with Drs Simona Barbu, Darilyn Manring, Yeon-Ji Yun, and Eric Edberg, and performed in master classes with renowned cellists such as Amit Peled, Matt Haimovitz, Nicholas Photinos, Emilio Colon and Laszlo Varga In 2009, she performed with the DePauw Chamber Orchestra during a tour of Austria and Germany. She also performed the Lalo cello concerto with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra in 2007 as the winner of its concerto competition. In 2011, she played Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major with internationally known cellist Yo-Yo Ma

Ms. Sarah Harlow, Symphony assistant conductor 2022-23

Sarah Harlow is originally from Grand Forks, ND. She is presently a band director at Grand Forks Central High School and clarinet instructor at the University of North Dakota Ms Harlow is principal clarinet of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and performs with a variety of other music ensembles in the community In addition, she is active as a teacher, musician, clinician, and music advocate in the region, presently serving as president of the North Dakota Music Educators Association Ms Harlow earned her Bachelor's of Music degree from NDSU in 2012 and Masters of Music Education from Central Washington in 2022. She previously taught in Emerado and Larimore, North Dakota, and was the Philharmonic assistant conductor 2016-2018.

Ms. Katie Svendson , Philharmonic assistant conductor 2022-23

Katie Svendson grew up in East Grand Forks, MN As an active musician and athlete, she was also one of the first brass players to audition for the newly-formed Northern Valley Youth Orchestras in 2011 She attended the University of South Dakota where as a music education major she performed in the symphonic band, symphony orchestra, jazz band, and marching band. Ms. Svendson is presently a middle school band director in the Grand Forks Public Schools, and previously taught in Montevideo, MN. She is an active musician, music advocate, and music educator, and is presently pursuing her Masters of Music Education at Florida State University

Ms. Kara



Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death at the age of 36, French composer Georges Bizet achieved early musical success at the Paris Conservatoire, and won the Prix de Rome, but then struggled to win critical acclaim. His final work, Carmen, initially was considered a scandal, but after his death became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire. Set in Spain, "Carmen" is a violent, colorful tale of love and jealousy between an amoral gypsy woman and a weak-willed soldier. The "Aragonaise" (literally a person or thing from Aragon, a region in Spain) is the orchestra's interlude that introduces the opera's 4th act. Bizet 's realistic approach to storytelling influenced the verismo school of opera at the end of the 19th century.


Two differently pitched woodblocks mimic the sound of a ticking clock throughout this lighthearted piece. By establishing a perfectly regular "tick-tock" at the opening, it draws attention to brief moments of syncopation, or placement of rhythmic stresses where they wouldn't normally occur, creating a whimsical and comic effect that reflects the composer's sense of humor. American composer Leroy Anderson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to first-generation Swedish immigrant parents. Leroy was given piano lessons by his mother, entered the New England Conservatory at age 11 and by the age of 22 had earned a BA and MA in music from Harvard University. Skeptical that his career in music held much promise, Leroy considered becoming a language teacher, and began working on a PhD in German and Scandinavian languages which would later come in handy while he served in the U.S. Army. Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops noticed his compositions, and conducted hits like Sleigh Ride and Blue Tango. The Syncopated Clock was composed in Arlington, Virginia, while Anderson was serving in the military during WWII. Its 1950 debut recording hit No. 12 on the Billboard chart. When asked about the piece, Anderson said he thought of the title first and then worked the music so that it reflected the rhythm of a syncopated clock.


Richard Rodgers was an American composer who worked primarily in musical theater. His writing partnerships with lyricist Lorenz Hart and later with Oscar Hammerstein II gave rise to 43 Broadway musicals. Rodgers was one of the most well-known American composers of the 20th century. As one critic put it, "Probably not a day goes by without a show of his being performed somewhere in the world." Instead of opening with a traditional overture, the musical (and movie) "Carousel" begins with a musical waltz suite. Originally choreographed by Agnes de Mille, the wordless ballet sets the scene for Carousel with characters interacting at the bustling fair, all set to Rodgers’ music, now known as "Carousel Waltz." From the opening section where the carousel is "warming up" with dissonant chords, to its sweeping waltz tune, you can imagine a carnival ride from start to finish.


Pyotr Tchaikovsky, one of the most famous Russian composers of the Romantic era, was commissioned to write this piece for a concert to benefit Serb soldiers wounded while fighting, with help from Russian volunteers, against the Ottoman Empire Hence the title (March Slav) declared it was for all Slavs rather than simply for Russians. The piece includes a number of distinct moods; bright, festive passages contrast with ominous ones. At several moments, different sections of the orchestra carry their own melodies at the same time, creating a layered effect. As the march progresses toward its triumphant conclusion, the intensity of the music builds. Tchaikovsky's emotional use of national and folk tunes and his brilliant orchestration ensured that the piece enjoyed immediate success.



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Pe. José Mauricio Nunes Garcia was an Afro-Brazilian composer, musician, Catholic priest, and music teacher. The majority of his compositions are sacred works, but he also wrote some secular pieces, including an opera and the Tempest Symphony, as well as the Overture in D performed today The Overture is in a short fast sonata form, following a slow introduction Garcia sang and played the harpsichord, performing his compositions as well as those of other composers; Garcia is also believed to have conducted the first performance of Mozart's Requiem in Brazil. The departure of the Portuguese court, financial and personal difficulties, and health problems made Nunes Garcia's life challenging especially at its end. He was remembered and appreciated after his death for his contributions to classical composition, but most of his work was assumed lost Over the past decades, more research and discovery about his work and life has been published He was honored on a Brazilian postage stamp in 1973


From the composer: "The Phoenix Rising was commissioned by Jonathan May and the Florida Young Artist’s Orchestra for the orchestra’s 10th Anniversary season (2008). The composition reflects the tale of a mythical bird, the phoenix, which is considered a powerful symbol in many cultures throughout the world. The story tells of the phoenix which, when nearing its death, builds a funeral pyre for itself. From the ashes of the fire is then born the new phoenix that lives on for another 500 years in complete and total peacefulness, drinking only dewdrops for its sustenance. Compositionally, the work is through-composed. I later discovered that I had inadvertently referenced a favorite work of mine, Richard Strauss's tone poem, Death and Transfiguration. The Phoenix Rising is dedicated to my dear friend, Mr. Jonathan May, who suddenly passed away in 2010. May his love of music live on forever." Composer Dr. Stella Sung has won numerous awards and is presently director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology, and Entertainment (CREATE) at the University of Central Florida, College of Arts and Humanities.


Jacob Shay is a young American composer from Minnesota. He is currently nishing his senior year, earning a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition at Concordia College, Minnesota. Over the short period of his young career so far, Jacob has had the opportunity to write commercial music for companies and been a nalist in composition competitions. In the winter of 2022, Dr. Kevin Sütterlin commissioned Jacob Shay to write a piece for his Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. This gave way to the creation of “Spark!” The piece is fast, and bursting with life across all ends of the orchestra. Despite the swift nature of the piece, Jacob’s sense of harmony and orchestration allows for a thorough and cohesive sound world for melodies to develop.From the composer: "Spark! features the influences which shaped the composer that I am today. It stands for my Spark of inspiration, and the piece tries to pay as much homage as I can to some of my own favorite composers!"

March 5 2023 • Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks North Dakota


Note: out of respect to the performers and other audience members, please do not talk during the performance.

If you must leave, please exit or enter only during applause, between pieces


Aragonaise, from "Carmen"

The Syncopated Clock

Carousel Waltz, from "Carousel"

Georges Bizet (1838-1875) arr. Richard Meyer

Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)

Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) arr. Calvin Custer

Themes from March Slav Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) arr. Chris Bernotas



Abertura em Re [Overture in D]



José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) ed. Sarah Harlow

The Phoenix Rising Stella Sung (b. 1959)


Jacob Shay (b. 1999)

Following today's performance please join us for a reception in the lobby. Raffle tickets and tickets to our Music in Bloom fundraiser are also available!

Coaches/side by side mentors this season include: Dr Simona Barbu, Claire Barhite, Tamara Bertram, Dr Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Ana Castro*. Juanita Caballeros Casas*, Samuel Chen, Ren Crowder, Erin Cummings*, Cory Driscoll, Ligia Feo*, Matthew Fowler, Sarah Harlow*, Christopher McGill*, Mary Morales*, Mark Nelson*, Devon Tucker* * = performing today

THANKS TO: Empire Arts Center & staff

Nix Bumble Creative

• Grand Forks Central & staff

• Behls Photography

• Schmitt Music and UND Music for the use of "A" clarinets

Gabrielle Helfrich & Larimore Public Schools; Olivia Schlotman & Northwood Public Schools; Misti Koop & Minto Public Schools; Triangle Coach Service; these wonderful students & their school & private instructors ; the many supporters, sponsors, donors, and grantors listed in this program.


Violin 1

Arienne Caoili, Grand Forks - homeschool

Eva Danielson, Thompson - homeschool/Schroeder

Austin Hardersen, Grand Forks - South MS

*Kinley Maszk, Grand Forks- Schroeder MS

CJ Leroux Peters, Grand Forks - EGF Sacred Heart

Elaine Liu, Grand Forks - South

Ella Pratt, Cummings - Quest Academy

Clarissa Sturlaugson, Grand Forks - South MS

Violin 2

Micah Benavides, Grand Forks AFB - Twining MS

Clara Borsvold, Grand Forks - homeschool

Isaac Bui, Grand Forks - South MS

All musicians are important to the ensemble, and are listed alphabetically..

*string principal

Annie Eberhardt, Grand Forks - homeschool/Schroeder

*Grace Lee, Grand Forks - Viking

Cali Lindseth, Grand Forks - Valley MS

Irvin Ju, Grand Forks - South MS

Lilliana Paintner, East Grand Forks - homeschool

Amaa Wijetunga, Grand Forks - South

Corey Zhang, Grand Forks - South MS


Brody Belcourt, Grand Forks - Valley MS

*Eliot Miller, Grand Forks - Schroeder MS

Surya Srivastava, Grand Forks- Lake Agassiz


*Emerson Eastman, Grand Forks - South MS

Elsie Kyle, GFAFB - Twining MS

Sebastian Lesmeister, Grand Forks - online

Sean Ocel, Grand Forks - Schroeder MS

Vedant Srivastava, Grand Forks - Schroeder MS

Angie Zaruba, Northwood - Northwood HS

Caleb Zerr, Grand Forks - South MS

Casey Zhang, Grand Forks - South MS

Bass: *Isaac Dafoe, Grand Forks - Schroeder MS


Lee Cable, Grand Forks - Red River HS

Nivanthi Wijetunga, Symphony mentor


Logan Hartze, Grand Forks - South MS

Grace Smith, Crookston - Crookston HS

Clarinet: Raya Rothenbacher, Grand Forks - South MS


Mairi Ferguson, Grand Forks- Schroeder MS

Gage Heffernan, Grand Forks- South MS

William Sickler, Grand Forks- EGF Sacred Heart

Trombone : Marren Bremer, Grand Forks - South MS

Tuba : Hayden Mercil, Grand Forks - EGF Sacred Heart


Irvin Ju, Grand Forks - South MS

Volodymyr Kapustianskyi, Grand Forks- South MS

Dani Ganyo, Grand Forks - Valley MS


Violin 1

+Seoyeon Ahn, Grand Forks - Red River

Cami Antonenko, Grand Forks - Red River

Synje Peterson, Grand Forks - Red River

Gabe Sagini, Grand Forks - Red River

Megan Schill, Grand Forks - Central

Violin 2

Jasmine Hardersen, Grand Forks - South MS

Katelyn Hur, Grand Forks - South

Gretta Pratt, Cummings - Quest Academy

Selena Wu, Grand Forks- Red River

Briley Zhang, Grand Forks - Red River


Calista Eliazer, Grand Forks - Red River

Gillian Hoffmann, Grand Forks- Central

Matthew Moe, Grand Forks - Red River

James Smith, Grand Forks - Central


Isaac Hong, Grand Forks- South

Garett Peterson, Grand Forks - Central

Travis Middleton, Grand Forks - Red River

Elianna Moen, Grand Forks - Red River

Eli Zerr, Grand Forks - Red River

Bass Ryan Nordhagen, Grand Forks- Red River


Keira Irving, GFAFB - Central

Nivanthi Wijetunga, Grand Forks - Red River


Aidan Fiala, Grand Forks - Central

Kaytlen Fitterer, Fargo - UND/CMP

Bassoon Mary Morales, guest


David Threatt, Crookston - Crookston HS

Christopher McGill, guest


Reid Campani, Grand Forks - Central

All musicians are important to the ensemble, and are listed alphabetically

Sam Goldberg, Lake Bronson, MN - Heritage Christian

Liam Medbery, Minto - Minto HS

Mark Nelson - guest


Juanita Caballero Casas, guest

Elias David-Schill, GF - UND/CMP @

Zhangzejie Xu, China - UND/CMP

Tuba - Devon Tucker, guest

Harp - Jack Bulman, guest


Blake Anderson, GF - UND/CMP

Mirko Drago, GF - Central

Issac Pifer, Larimore - Larimore HS

Maisy Lindseth, GF - UND/CMP @

+ Concertmistress @ NVYO alumni

CMP: College Mentor-Performer, a program for university students to gain symphonic performance training and mentoring experience

photos courtesy class of 2023 and Behl's Photography website: behls.net

Seoyeon Ahn, violin, graduates from Red River High School after 2 years of NVYO Symphony. She says every NVYO rehearsal is a fun memory: "the laughs, flying batons, forgotten pencils and hard work make every rehearsal a new favorite " Her favorite piece was Mephisto Masqué Advice to younger musicians: "It may sound cliche, but have fun. Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll find yourself making music, not just playing notes Oh, and, don’t send your bow flying out of your hand when you shake the conductor’s hand (totally not speaking from experience) " Seoyeon hopes to study cognitive science at a to-bedetermined liberal arts college in the fall. She thanks Dr. Sütterlin and Mr. Seabloom, because "their support in the past two years has been beyond anything I could have wished for I am so grateful to have met such incredible mentors not only in music but also in life

Reid Campani, trumpet, graduates from Grand Forks Central High School after 2 years of Symphony. Next year Reid plans to attend University of Minnesota to major in math, with a music minor. Favorite piece? Firebird. Favorite memory? Also Firebird - apparently involving the quietest moment in the Berceuse being accidentally interrupted by a coach's phone playing a Youtube video during rehearsal. (Whoops!) Reid offers younger musicians this advice: "don’t just run through everything and call it practice," and wants to thank Ms Harlow for "making band actually fun "

Gillian Hoffmann, viola, graduates from Grand Forks Central High School following four years of NVYO experience, including Philharmonic, Symphony, Dal Segno. Favorite piece - Dance of the Yao People, and favorite thing about NVYO is "the adults are all very friendly and made me feel welcomed." Future plans for Gillian include attending UND next year and turning 18! She would like to thank her family for always encouraging her love of music. Gillian's advice? "Practice your music and you will get better "

Matthew (Matti) Moe, viola, graduates from Red River after 5 years of Dal Segno, Crescendo, Philharmonic and Symphony He says " having an ensemble that I can meet with regularly and that I can depend on has always been my favorite. I’ve met so many amazing people that I would have never gotten the chance to play with "NVYO helped me reach out and improve as a person and a musician " Matti's advice to younger musicians is "Don’t put it away no matter how busy or difficult things might get." He is enjoying "Spark!" because of its movie-esque sound and the fun melodies Matti thanks all his present and past music teachers, saying that there are too many to list and they have all kept him going Next year he plans on studying Mechanical Engineering at UND and continue to play viola somehow.

Ryan Nordhagen, bass, graduates from Red River High School after three years of NVYO Ryan is glad to be part of NVYO because "there are not a lot of opportunities to play in symphony orchestras in this town and it's a great way to come together as musicians." He adds, "I would like to thank my friends that have surrounded me and my music over the past years Those that supported my personal music and those that supported my journey playing double bass As well as the countless hours I've spent watching the late Rinat Ibragimov's many performances as one of the greatest people to touch the instrument." His advice for younger musicians is: Treat yourself like a professional and have high standards for your craft despite how taboo or overbearing it may come off to others " Ryan is deciding between computer science and music, and still determining a college destination Favorite pieces have included Firebird and Phoenix Rising.

Standing L-R : Angie, Dr Sütterlin, Issac, Ryan, Matti, Gillian Front (seated) L-R: Nivanthi, Reid, Megan, Seoyeon


Issac Pifer, percussion, graduates from Larimore High School after one year in NVYO Symphony. He says it was a new experience being in an orchestra, and taught him about adapting to different sounds Issac's advice for younger musicians: "Music is definitely an art and not just notes written on paper. Once you tap into that aspect, it truly elevates each piece you play " Issac thanks his band teacher, Gabrielle Helfrich, for "pushing me to do more in music that I ever thought possible for myself." Issac's plans after graduation include the National Guard Army Band and then studying Communications and Music at UND.

Megan Schill, violin, graduates from Grand Forks Central after 5 years of NVYO in Philharmonic, Dal Segno, and Symphony Her favorite NVYO piece was Soul of Remembrance by Mary D Watkins Megan says, "working directly with the conductors of the music we’re performing and playing world premieres have both been really unique and special experiences. Also, I’ll always remember Dr. Sütterlin encouraging us to eat our 'fruit " [fruit snacks at break!] Megan's advice to younger musicians: "Stop trying to be perfect and just play Commit to the performance and the story you’re telling and you’ll start to play music and not just notes. " Megan also says, I’d like to thank my parents for always supporting me and encouraging me to be ambitious and take risks." Megan will be attending Quincy University [in Illinois] to major in Business Analytics and Sport Management. She will be on the swim team at Quincy, and says "I am excited to meet and connect with new people "

Nivanthi Wijetunga, flute (and sometimes cello), graduates from Red River High School after 3 years in NVYO programs, including Philharmonic, Symphony, Crescendo and Dal Segno She plans on taking a year off before going to college, and then hopes to go into the medical field or do biomedical research. Nivanthi's favorite thing about NVYO is being able to see, and play music with, friends who go to different schools. A favorite piece was Stella Sung's Rockwell Reflections Nivanthi says "I would like to thank my parents, who encouraged me to love music and try new things." She would also like to thank her flute teacher Angela Urlacher, cello teacher Naomi Welsh, and voice teacher Mandy Moreno, " for having a lot of patience with me over the years and helping me to grow!" Nivanthi's advice for younger musicians is "There’s something in music for everyone – find what you enjoy and stick with it!"

Angela Zaruba, cello (and tenor sax!) graduates from Northwood High School after 5 years of NVYO Philharmonic, Dal Segno and Crescendo. Jupiter was a favorite piece, and she appreciated the ability to play in an orchestra! Angie plans to attend UND to major in Physical Therapy with a minor in music, and advises younger students to "keep practicing " Angie thanks her piano and cello teachers, Barb and Kara

NVYO in 1-3 words:

MUSICAL "Growth and Connection" FUN

"Rest 50 Measures " NEW "SO MUCH FUN!"

"unheard composers heard"


Present NVYO Board 2022-23 (at left).

President: Corey Thompson Vice President:Tyler Manske

Treasurer: Radha Panini. Secretary: Jennifer Tarlin. Executive

Director: Naomi Welsh (ex officio) Directors: Tanja Kapinos, Radha Panini, Brooke VanLooy, Ryan Zerr

See nvyo org/staff for more information, and about how to run for NVYO board service.


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*Scheels – Grand Forks

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Thank you to all

JULY 1 2021 to JUNE 30, 2022

Grant Funding:

Arts Midwest Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region

City of Grand Forks

Grand Forks Parks & Recreation

Foundation / Ulland Fund

Myra Foundation

Neel Family Fund

North Dakota Council on the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts

Visit Greater Grand Forks

Advertising Sponsors, Concert program or Dal Segno T-shirts (2021-22)

Amundson Funeral Home

Arioso Music Academy

Claire Givens Violins

Concordia College

*GGF Symphony Orchestra

In-Prints Screenprinting

International Music Camp

Minot State University

Popplers Music

Rehab Authority

Remer Accounting

Schmitt Fine Violins


University of North Dakota

Upper Midwest Chamber Music

Wakefield Hearing

Music in Bloom sponsors & raffle prize donors (2022)

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*Empire Arts Center

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Community Theatre

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*Happy Harry’s

*HB Sound

*Hugo's Pure Market

*Local Ace Hardware

*MJD Photography

*Northern Air

*North Dakota Museum of Art

*North End Dairy Queen

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*Rhombus Pizza

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Northern Valley Youth Orchestras is in its 12th year of inspiring musicians and engaging communities. NVYO offers two orchestras, a fall chamber music program (Crescendo), and a summer day camp (Dal Segno). NVYO provides young musicians aged 12 to 21 with symphonic and chamber music experience, community connections, and opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves in a supportive setting. Participants throughout the year number over 120 and come from cities and towns within a 75-mile range of Grand Forks. NVYO Alumni pursue degrees in a variety of professional fields including music and the sciences, and consistently earn places at excellent colleges and universities both locally and around the country Scholarships are available for all NVYO programs NVYO's two orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony, rehearse weekly from September to March - this year at the Empire Arts Center and Grand Forks Central High School - and typically perform two to three formal concerts per season. Guest clinicians and professional instrumentalists provide additional mentoring and orchestral training, and a variety of community performances are offered to students as well Past NVYO collaborations have included events with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, and the Grand Cities Children’s Choir. NVYO has an office located in the Empire Arts Center.

More information about NVYO is available at www.nvyo.org, and on our social media platforms.


At Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, we focus on inspiring musicians and engaging communities through high-quality, challenging music education programs for young people. NVYO is about making music, making friends, and making a difference in the world At NVYO we also take seriously our responsibility to be a welcoming presence, and to ensure that our community has opportunities to connect across race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status

Music, including classical music, is for everyone.

Check nvyo.org/join-nvyo ----> or email info@novyo org with questions or for more info! UPCOMING NVYO EVENTS April 2: Music in Bloom fundraiser @ All Seasons Auditions: TBA Dal Segno: July 31-August 4
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