BYSO's E-Newsletter: April 2018
April 29th at 3:30pm
Symphony Hall
Boston Youth Symphony with Music Director Federico Cortese in October 2016 at Symphony Hall
Photo by Michael J. Lutch
Leipzig Gewandhaus Youth Choir
Photo by Stev Wackerhagen
Leipzig Opera Youth Choir
Photo by Andreas Birkigt Kopie
Federico Cortese, Conductor

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées
COPLAND Four Motets
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe, Suite Nos. 1 and 2

Mark Miller, Conductor 
WAGNER Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Marta Żurad, Conductor

BYSO hosts the Leipzig choirs for this special celebration as part of a new international residency and exchange initiative. In June, BYSO musicians will travel to Leipzig, Germany to perform at Bachfest , the world’s foremost annual festival focusing on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Performances will be held at the Leipzig market square and the prestigious Gewandhaus concert hall.
Catherine Weiskel, BYSO's Executive Director stated: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to create such a culturally enriching experience for our musicians both in Boston and in Leipzig. In today’s world it is ever more important to understand and experience other cultures, values and history. To gain such an experience through music making is something that will have a lasting impact on our students for the rest of their lives."
with support from:
Please note: Running time is over 2 ½ hours. This concert is suitable for children 5 years of age and older.
SAVE THE DATE: April 23 is BYSO Day !
In 1961, BYSO made an historic appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York. In honor of this momentous occasion, then Massachusetts governor John A. Volpe named April 23rd "Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Day". For our 60th Anniversary Season, we are excited to bring back BYSO DAY!
We are proud to announce a matching gift challenge for all gifts received on # B Y S O D A Y -- April 23!
So, mark your calendar and spread the word! Supporting on BYSO Day doubles your impact! You can double your support of our financial aid fund, double your support of our in-school program, and double your support towards the life-changing experience that BYSO has on thousands of young people in our area. 
Mark your calendar and get ready to GIVE !
Anna, BYS, Violin
" I have met some of my closest friends here. "
AGE/GRADE: 17, Senior
FAVORITE BYSO MEMORY: After having struggled with Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony at the beginning of the BYS season last year, the orchestra finally prevailed at the time of the performance. I will never forget the wide smiles and looks of satisfaction on everyone’s faces when we stood up to thundering applause.
FAVORITE PIECES PLAYED W/ BYSO: Shostakovich 11, Mendelssohn Italian & Scottish Symphonies, Elgar Enigma Variations
ACTIVITIES/HOBBIES: Model UN, Photography, Art & Literary Magazine Editor, Tennis
FUN FACT: I am super double-jointed in my fingers!
FAVORITE STAFF MEMBER: Definitely Alex! She does so much behind-the-scenes work and everyone admires her for it.
WHY BYSO? Participating in BYSO has given me countless opportunities.The community that is formed between musicians and even across ensembles is truly unique to BYSO, and creating music with like-minded youth has proven to be an invaluable experience for me, as I have met some of my closest friends here. Not only this, but after each concert, I feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and pride in both myself and the orchestra. I am extremely lucky to have been able to gain such an experience, and I believe you can’t find this anywhere else.

Are you a member of the BYSO community with a story to share? Submit your story and selfie to us HERE . You may be featured in the next #FacesOfBYSO story!
Zildjian & Vic Firth Company
This spring, BYSO received a generous donation of percussion instruments and accessories from Zildjian & Vic Firth Company . Together with a previous donation from the fall of 2015, top quality suspended cymbals, crash cymbals, and a variety of mallets are now in the hands of BYSO’s percussionists. This substantial contribution from Zildjian & Vic Firth Company has transformed BYSO’s percussion inventory, providing students with access to the finest instruments and accessories that enable them to achieve the highest levels of music at BYSO.
"Congratulations to BYSO on an incredible 60 years of music making and changing the lives of young musicians. All of us at Zildjian & Vic Firth Company s hare deeply your passion for music education. For decades, we have supported music programs and have given access to world-class resources and educational materials because we know the impact being part of an orchestra can have. Lifelong skills like teamwork, passion, determination and self-discipline influence young people’s lives forever. We all know that it is about more than great music, and are pleased to celebrate this momentous occasion and support BYSO."
- Neil Larrivee, Vice President of Education & Drumstick Product Development
For BYSO musicians to pursue excellence and perform at the highest levels, they need the highest quality instruments. BYSO is sincerely grateful to Zildjian & Vic Firth Company for their generous donation of percussion instruments and accessories.

  For more information about in-kind donations and corporate partnerships, contact Kendra Walton, Institutional Giving Officer at 617-358-6656 or for more information.
62 BYSO students participate in the
2018 MMEA All State Orchestra!
Congratulations to all our students who performed in the MMEA All State Orchestra this year!

Annika Bajaj, violin
Lucy Chae, violin
Rachel Chau, violin
Jamie Cheng, violin
Julia de los Reyes, violin
Tara Gensure, violin
Daniel Joh Kang, violin
Ashley Kim, violin
Taeyeon Kim, violin
Frantz Kjoniksen, violin
  Claire Lee, violin
Brianna Li, violin
Andrea Liu, violin
Rachel Man, violin
Joy Miao, violin
Grace Pu, violin
Katherine Yang, violin
Alexander Zhang, violin
Roger Cawdette, viola
Jessica Chen, viola
Eric Chen, viola
John H. Clark, viola
Matthew Zhou, viola
Katie Chuang, cello
Kaede Ishidate, cello
Jade Konsler, cello
Leanne O’Connor, cello
Jeffrey Zhu, cello
Jonathan Marvel-Zuccola, bass
Caroline Saksena, bass
Irene Ju, flute
Arielle Lee, flute
Elizabeth McCormack, flute
Mai Nguyen, flute
Simonida Spasojevic, flute
Liv Oster, oboe
Lienna Peng, oboe
Amy Wu, oboe
Marisa Ih clarinet
Nathan Ramesh, clarinet
Amanda Xu, clarinet
Elizabeth Zhang, clarinet
Lee Duan, bassoon
Ronit Glasgow, bassoon
Emily Qiu, bassoon
Ben Romanow, tuba
Cole Fayemi, tuba
Lilly Judge, horn
Sam Lee, horn
Nick Lee, horn
Eric Li, horn
Ryan Maloney, horn
Mitchell Parus, horn
Anna Teunis, horn
Aria Harris, trumpet
Alexander Park, trumpet
Calvin Perkins, trumpet
Tim Yu, trumpet
Aaron Smith, trombone
Trey Ursillo, trombone
Jason Crowley, alto saxophone
Mark Larrivee, percussion
The Massachusetts Music Education Association (MMEA) is a federated state unit of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). MMEA supports comprehensive, quality music education for all students through advocacy, professional development for teachers, opportunities for student performance in District and All-State Festivals, and grants awarded to students. Students audition for acceptance in junior or senior festivals organized by each of the five MMEA districts. Based on their audition scores, a percentage of students are invited to audition in January for the All-State Festival. Approximately 1,000 students audition annually, and about half are accepted to participate in the All-State Festival. 

For more information, visit

Above, seven BYSO students pose for a snapshot at BYSO's exhibitor table at this year's MMEA conference.
BYSO has announced its auditions for the 2018-19 season! Auditions will take place May 4-13 at BU's College of Fine Arts. For more information about BYSO auditions, visit .

Please join us in commemorating 60 monumental years of BYSO history during our 2017-2018 season!

Sat, Apr. 14 , 2018, 12pm
Boston Symphony Hal l
Young People's String Orchestras
Members of the Intensive Community Program
Marta Żurad, Conductor

Fri, Apr. 20, 2018, 6:30pm
Boston Children’s Museum
Petit Ensemble
Marta Żurad , Conductor
Free with $1 Target Friday Admission to Museum
Sun, Apr. 22, 2018, 10am
BU Concert Hall
Violin and Chamber Master Class
Peter Zazofsky

Sun, Apr. 29, 2018, 3:30pm
Boston Symphony Hall
Boston Youth Symphony
Repertory Orchestra
Young People's String Orchestra

Fri, May 11, 2018, 6:30pm
Boston Children’s Museum
Young People’s String Orchestra
Marta Zurad Conductor
Free with $1 Target Friday Admission to Museum
Sun, May 13, 2018, 11am
BU Concert Hall
Petit Ensemble

Sun, May 27, 2018, 3pm
Kresge Auditorium at MIT
Boston Youth Symphony
Repertory Orchestra

Sun, Jun. 3, 2018, 3pm
Kresge Auditorium at MIT
Junior Repertory Orchestra
Preparatory Winds

To learn more about our 60th anniversary season and the exciting concerts we offer this season please click here to see our 60th Season Brochure
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