New youth string orchestra to open season Sunday

The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony, with its newly formed second orchestra, Sinfonia, will open its 2012-2013 season this Sunday, November 11, 2012. The Symphony has expanded its youth programs to provide greater educational opportunities for young musicians; thereby encouraging the development of their musical knowledge and performance skills.

The new Sinfonia is a string orchestra, comprised of middle school and advanced elementary school string players from Sheboygan County. The Sinfonia is directed by Susan Stauber, string instructor at Lake Country Academy in Sheboygan and private oboe instructor. Stauber tells us, “I feel honored to be a part of Sinfonia’s inaugural performance. Each of the pieces has challenged these talented young individuals to come together as a cohesive musical unit! Their teamwork will be especially apparent in our fi- nal number, a medley of Irish folk tunes. We hope you will join us!”

The SAYS orchestra now known as the SAYS Concert Orchestra will welcome back Debbie Williamson. She had previously directed the group for 15 years. Williamson has been the concertmaster of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra for 32 years and continues to perform chamber orchestra music throughout the area. Williamson has taught high school orchestra and maintains a private violin studio as well.

The repertoire performed by the Concert Orchestra will include Die Meistersinger by R. Wagner (excerpts from the Opera), Broadway Tonight!, a collection of Broadway melodies, Summon The Heroes by John Williams, a piece written for the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympic Games. They will be showcasing a double woodwind quintet made up of eight talented woodwind players. The concert will be also feature 3 movements of Baroque Suite #2 by Locatellli. The Sinfonia String Orchestra will be presenting Sinfonia in G by C. Stamitz, Sailors’ Song by E. Grieg and For the Star of County Down by D. Monday.

The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony was founded in 1982 as a full orchestra with 35 musicians under co-conductors, Debbie Williamson and Louis Schmidt. Warren Bergmann, Michael Gill, and Philip Scales also conducted the group preceding Walter Rich. Today the Youth Symphony has grown to over 95 musicians with members representing 12 communities and 25 schools around Sheboygan County, including home schooled students. The Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony has found that most of these students stay involved in music throughout their lives. The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra jointly sponsors the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Sinfonia and the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra with the Sheboygan Area School District.

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