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The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras Presents Their Spring Concert, 5/5

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras Presents Their Spring Concert, 5/5

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras (CSOYO) concludes their 2013-2014 season on May 5 at 7 pm at the Tivoli Theatre featuring all four orchestras and featured soloists, including Justin Smith, Oboist, and Isabella Vanderhoof, PAL Vocal Competition winner.

There is definitely something for everyone in this concert, from Star Trek to Mahler, and a great variety of musical styles in between! There is a (timely) folk song from Ukraine, a lovely melody by Puccini (an all-time favorite of many), a very descriptive musical rendition of an American legend (John Henry), and an amazing performance of the final movement of Mahler's 1st Symphony, a virtuosic tour de force for any youth orchestra.

The CSOYO Prelude and Etude Orchestras, conducted by Nichole Pitts, will open the concert. Following them will be the CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sandy Morris. The program (with no intermission) will conclude with the CSOYO Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gary Wilkes.

CSOYO Spring Concert

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7 pm

Tivoli Theatre

Nichole Pitts, conductor, CSOYO Etude & Prelude Orchestras

Sandy Morris, conductor, CSOYO Philharmonic Orchestra

Gary Wilkes, conductor, CSOYO Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for children, students, and seniors.

Call 423.267.9011 for more information.

About Justin Smith

Justin Smith is a senior at Heritage High School where Blair Callaway is the Band Director. He studies privately with Robert Burks, Principal Oboist with the CSO Orchestra. Justin has served as co-principal and associate principal oboist for the Georgia All-State Orchestra and principal oboist for the Lee University Honor Band. This past summer he was selected to take part in the Summer Oboe Institute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. During that same summer he attended the University of Georgia's Music Institute where he played in the top wind ensemble. Justin was also selected to participate in the National Association of Music Educators Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Miriam Burns (Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic). He hopes to further his musical career in a major conservatory and work toward a doctor's degree in performance. His goal is to play oboe with major symphony orchestras here and abroad.

About Isabella Vanderhoof

Isabella Vanderhoof is a rising senior and vocal major at Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts under the instruction of Ms. Neshawn Calloway. She is also a member of the Chattanooga Girls' Choir under Ms. Lu Ann Holden. In the past year, Vanderhoof was given a spot in the East Tennessee Vocal Association's All-East Honor Choir and the All-State Honor Choir. Additionally, Isabella won first place in both the Joyce Mathis Vocal Competition and the Performing Arts League Vocal Competition. Isabella studies voice privately with Ms. Beth DuRoy, and plans to continue her vocal studies at the collegiate level.

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