Canton Symphony Highlights Young Musicians
"It was pretty intense!" exclaimed Klaire Vandegrift, a 7th grader at North Canton Middle School, regarding her recent audition for the Canton Youth Symphony. "They asked me to play my audition pieces twice."
Young musicians like Vandegrift turned out last week in record numbers to audition for the Canton Youth Symphony, under the direction of Rachel Waddell. About 50 were selected to be part of the youth symphony. "The level of audition was by far the highest we have seen in years," commented Waddell.
Waddell continued, "It's a very exciting time to be in the Canton Youth Symphony. These talented students will perform major orchestral repertoire in addition to premiering new music. They will also have the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Canton Symphony Orchestra on their holiday pops concert: A Very Canton Christmas."
Students from GlenOak (Plain), Jackson, Lake, Marlington, Minerva, North Canton, Perry, St. Thomas Aquinas, Tuslaw. Copley, Revere and Rootstown High Schools are represented, along with the North Canton Middle School. There is also a large contingent of home school students in the youth symphony.
"The students will be playing the full repertoires, not just youth arrangements," stated Waddell. "While some youth orchestras shy away from full rep's, our students eagerly await the challenge of learning each new piece. It's really why most of them want to participate in the Canton Youth Symphony."
According to Lisa Boyer, Director of Education and Community Outreach of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, this year the youth symphony also launched a new chamber music program for the most advanced students in the ensemble. "These performers will have many additional opportunities to perform in the Canton community. They are already in high demand."
The youth symphony's first performance is November 17 at the GlenOak High School Theater. They will be playing Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, and premiering a Tuba Sonata for Strings, Piano and Tuba which was commissioned by Tom Lukowicz, principal Tuba player of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets for youth symphony concerts are only $7 for adults and $3 for students. Dress is casual and performances are appropriate for ages 6 and older. Tickets are available by walk-up prior to the concert.
Founded in 1963, the Canton Youth Symphony is comprised of northeast Ohio students in grades 6-12, and is dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Rachell Waddell, the orchestra performs a wide variety of classical music. Most performances are at GlenOak High School Theater. Parking is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org/youth-symphony.