Entertainment Dr. Temme’s Opus
Phoenix Youth Symphony conductor celebrates 30 years BY MORGAN DOMARACKI adjudicator and clinician, Temme “Even though we find all sorts of has conducted the Arizona Juextraneous ways to justify music nior High All-State Orchestra, the education, the simple fact is playing Greater Phoenix Honor Orchestra, music is fun.” as well as Regional Honor OrchesThese words perfectly describe tras throughout Arizona. During the Dr. Walter Temme, Symphonette summers, he is a regular guest conOrchestra Conductor for the Phoeductor at the NAU Curry Summer nix Youth Symphony for over 30 Music Camp in Flagstaff. years. Since taking the reins in 1988, Although not one to seek out the Temme has been instrumental in spotlight, Temme has earned his the remarkable development of the share of recognition for his teaching PYS Symphonette Orchestra and has and leadership of Arizona’s youth. brought with him an extensive backIn January 2003, Band and Orchestra ground in musical arts. Magazine named him one of the 50 “For thirty years, Dr. Temme has Directors Who Make a Difference. been a very special gift to young Twice he has been cited in Who’s musicians wanting to achieve great Who Among America’s Teachers. He things,” longtime PYS board member has served as an officer of the Ariand past president Gail Eagleberger zona Unit of Arizona String Teachers says. “His dedication to our student Association of Arizona (ASTA) and musicians; their understanding of has held leadership positions with music and advancement of their talents and, even more, his concern for Walter Temme also currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Mountain View High School in Mesa. (Photo by Brad Reed Photography) Directors Association (ABODA). In their future, was and is unmatched. “The more I worked with these young 2011, Temme was named the Arizona MuHis sense of humor is his best gift to me musicians, the more I would feed off sic Educator of the Year. And most recentand to our volunteers and parents.” Early on, Temme never saw himself do- of their energy and desire to learn and ly, he was named the 2013 Public School ing what he has for the past 30 years, en- achieve,” Temme says. “My experience with String Teacher of the Year by the Arizona visioning himself instead as a performer. the Symphonette prompted me to return chapter of ASTA. “Walt is the perfect example of the PYS His undergraduate degree was in viola to ASU following the completion of my performance, but it was during that time doctorate and earn my teaching certificate Ethos. His fun, engaging teaching style that he began giving private violin lessons so I could pursue teaching in the public is perfectly balanced with high expectations and a rigorous drive for excellence,” to help supplement his college income. schools.” Temme also currently serves as the Di- Michael Potter, PYS President, explains. He became increasingly interested in conducting, and found that he had a natural rector of Orchestras at Mountain View “The only problem we have is that once a affinity for it. Temme believed conducting High School in Mesa, a place he has been student works with Dr. Temme, they don’t was not just performance-based, but also for the past 24 years. This means that his want to leave his ensemble and audition normal day consists of five to seven hours for the Youth Orchestra.” incredibly instructive at the same time. The Phoenix Youth Symphony (formerly Temme completed his master’s degree of rehearsal with orchestras ranging from at Kansas State University, where he per- intermediate to very advanced young known as the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra) was established in 1952, formed as a violist and was Principal Violist string players. “I love helping young musicians reach and just three years later, it was evident of the Topeka Symphony. He then went on to serve on the faculty of Humboldt State their potential and urge them to strive for that another orchestra must be formed University in California and Wartburg Col- greater success in their musical pursuit,” due to the high number of students audilege in Iowa. Temme received his Doctor Temme adds. “It is so fulfilling to hear a tioning. The second group became known of Musical Arts Degree from Arizona State student musician perform at a level they as the Symphonette Orchestra. Over time, University, during which time he accepted didn’t realize was possible. That’s what the String Orchestra and Symphonic the opportunity to serve as the conduc- keeps me motivated to teach year after Winds were added as feeder groups to the Symphonette and Youth Orchestras. tor of the Symphonette Orchestra for PYS. year.” In demand as an orchestral conductor, And the rest, as they say, is history.
Calendar of Events FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Mark Lucas and The Wild Bunch, 5:30 p.m., Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, $39, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com. Indulge in the grand buffet dinner followed by great music and great laughs with Lucas and his Wild Bunch.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Sampling at the Superstition Gala, 4 to 6 p.m., Superstition Mountain Museum, 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, $40 per person, $70 per couple, 480-983-4888, superstitionmountainmuseum.org. All proceeds will be used to fund the museum’s building expansion project. Susan Paige and Lt. Col. Barry Rosenblatt Artist Reception, 2 to 8 p.m., Paige Artists Studio/Gallery/Gifts Reception, OneOhOne Art Gallery, 101 W. Main Street, Mesa, 1-214-207-9277, firstname.lastname@example.org. Great Canadian Picnic, 10 a.m., South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, free admission, 602-309-1552, canadianpicnic.com. Imbibe in all things Canadian including poutine food trucks, curling, ball hockey and cornhole during the annual celebration of Great White North. Music is provided by Jack Jackson Band, and the Arizona Coyotes’ Howler will make an appearance. Malt Shop Oldies 2 Dinner Show, call for time, Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, $39, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com. Enjoy dinner and The Rhythm Cats performing more favorite rock ‘n’ roll music from the 1950s and 1960s. Malt Shop Oldies 1 Dinner Show, 5:30 p.m. (buffet) and 7:30 p.m. (show), Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, $39, 480-2880300, silverstartheater.com. Enjoy dinner and The Rhythm Cats performing familiar rock ‘n roll music from the 1950s and 1960s.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
1970s Rock ‘n Roll Dinner Show, 5:30 p.m., Silver Star Theater, 5247 E. Brown Road, Mesa, $39, 480-288-0300, silverstartheater.com. Grand buffet followed by a Rhythm Cats performance of Billboard chart hits from 1965 to 1979.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Cowpokes, Crooks and Cactus: Arizona in the Movies, 7 p.m., Apache Junction High School Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Road, Apache Junction, $5, ajusd.org. Gregory McNamee presents talk as part of the Arizona Lecture Series. Our Lady of Lourdes General Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Prince of Peace, St. Michael’s Hall, 14818 W. Deer Valley Road, Sun City West, free, 623-5443822. The general meeting consists of 25- to 30-minute low-impact gentle body stretching and balance workout led by Gwen Diabold, vice president. No special equipment is needed. www.LovinLife.com