The Musical Arts Youth Orchestra receives $500 for the live young composers competition playoff. This year's event was held in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Monday, January 25 at 6:30 pm. Over 175 guests and musicians gathered to hear the finalist's pieces. Jonathan Sokol's piece, "Twice the Rising Sun" was selected by our community & professional panel of adjudicators (everyone had a vote!!). Congratulations Jonathan! RADIO SPOT LINK
CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS on the Spring 2010 Concert at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Maxwell Davies, Orkney Wedding with Ivan Knapowski, bagpipe soloist
Jonathan Sokol, MAYO 2010 Composition Competition Winner, Twice the Rising Sun
Prokofiev, Lt. Kije Suite
This concert was held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington due to a generous grant from the Bloomington Economic Arts Development commission.
Chamber Music Scholars announced! The following players have received a chamber music scholarship and will perform as the MAYO String Quartet, MAYO Woodwind Quintet, and as a chamber orchestra. Their first performance will be on December 20, 2009. Congratulations!
Strings: Brian Allen, Misha Sandersen, Yaba Touffour, Timothy Zakian, Jake Woollen, Matt McConahy
Winds:Joshua Clampitt, Jennifer Brophy, Moonju Lee, Adam Nichols, Maya Fraser
The concerto competition was held this weekend, September 12 & 13 at Indiana University. Competition adjudicators Catherine Marchese, Jose Valencia and Alex Kerr are pleased to announce our concerto competition winners for the 2009-2010 season. The committee has selected one winner in each of two divisions - a junior division for candidates in 6-8th grade and a senior division for candidates in 9-12th grade.
SENIOR DIVISION WINNER - Misha Sanderson, Violin
Misha Sanderson is a winner of the 2009 MAYO Symphony Concerto Competition for his violin performance of the piece "Zigeunerweisen" by Pablo de Sarasate. A native of Brown County, Indiana, Sanderson began playing the violin at age nine with his father and brother and has been participating in MAYO for five years. He loves the sound of the violin and believes it gives him a sense of "discipline, determination, focus, and inspiration". The 18-year-old hopes to attend Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music next year.
JUNIOR DIVISION WINNER - JuHyun Lee, Cello
JuHyun, a native of South Korea, is a winner of the 2009 MAYO Symphony Concerto Competition for her cello performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto. She is an 8th grade student at Tri-North Middle School. As a young child, she often imitated melodies on the piano which led to her 8 years of cello study and the love of classical music. She credits her music teacher as her great inspiration, "Susan Moses, my cello teacher, always inspires me to bring my experience in my life into my music." She hopes to study cello and biology.
MAYO 100 CAMPAIGN MAKES PROGRESS
This year, we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the parent organization of the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra which has served over 1,000 young musicians in its history.
How can you help? We are including three types of partners that make an organization successful: musicians, community members and businesses. Our goal is to get 100 gifts at each gift level ($10, $25, and $100).
You can become a part of history now. Visit the donors page to make an online donation or mail your contribution to 726 N. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47404.
Marie-Elise Needleman, a graduate student at the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, leads string training classes at the Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. The two semester string training ended in March. Students participated in a recital for their families. Thanks Marie-Elise for your inspired instruction!
It’s early evening and members of the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra trickle in to the high school band room and start putting their instruments together.
Musical director Jose Valencia talks in a practice room amid bellows from a nearby tuba. For two years he has been with MAYO –- as they prefer to be called — and one of the things that strikes him most about working with young musicians is their enthusiasm.
“It makes me feel proud and honored to be able to work with people like them,” he says. “It’s challenging to me as well because they’re on this upward quest and I’m running along to keep ahead of them, if I can.” more