Monday, May 16, 2011

Musicians, here's your chance to get feedback from professionals

Attention musicians, our Patel Conservatory Youth Orchestra (PCYO) auditions will be a great chance for you to get feedback on your skills from renowned musicians.
Any music student interested in performing with an orchestra is encouraged to attend placement auditions to learn more about our program, and have the opportunity to get valuable comments from talented, professional musicians.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to be heard by working professionals who have ties to major colleges and conservatories, something that could have a huge impact  on the child's future," said Gregory Ruffer, PCYO artistic director.
Our youth orchestra features the Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, String Sinfonia, Concert Strings, two string quartets and an extensive Chamber Music program. 
Through PCYO, you learn to apply your skills from private lessons or school music programs and gain orchestral ensemble experience. PCYO has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at other prestigious institutions such as the New World Symphony in Miami.
Auditions will be May 21, 23 and 24, 2011. Guest adjudicators, along with Ruffer, will offer constructive feedback on your performance.
Please RSVP for your audition time by calling 813-222-1002.
Sat., May 21, 2011
1 to 3 p.m.
Guest adjudicators Joseph Mechavich and David A. Hanson.
Mechavich is principal conductor and music director for Kentucky Opera, and recently presided over performances at the Washington National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York City Opera and the Aspen Music Festival.
He has also performed with The Florida Orchestra, The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Symphony and Hartford Symphony, among others.
Hanson has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and was the director of the orchestra program for the Findlay Ohio City Schools and taught music for 35 years. He has played with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Symphony and the Findlay String Quartet. 
Mon., May 23, 2011 and Tues., May 24, 2011
5 to 8 p.m.
Guest adjudicators Dr. Virginia Allen and David A. Hanson.
A faculty member at The Curtis Institute of Music and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Allen is also Artistic Director of the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators at the Juilliard School in New York City, where she previously served as associate dean for administration, taught conducting, co-founded and conducted The Juilliard Trombone Choir and served as executive director of the Starling-De-Lay Symposium on Violin Studies. 

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