Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra kicks off second season


First of four concerts scheduled for November 4, 2018

It’s a typical Monday night in the music wing of Oshkosh North High School. Quiet at first, just the swish of the custodian’s broom. As 6:00pm passes, a few voices begin to echo through the band room, and a few musical notes begin to play.  The voices and notes increase in discord, but then, it’s 6:25pm–the concertmaster stands next to the podium and all is quiet. Then the tuning begins. What was a jumble of noise moments ago is now a smooth, elegant blend of strings, brass and woodwinds.

Conductor Yukiko Grine

The Oshkosh Youth Symphony’s second full season is well underway.  Middle and high school students from Oshkosh, Omro, Neenah, Ripon, Winneconne, Weyauwega and Fond du Lac meet weekly from September to March to prepare for four concerts throughout the year.  Under the direction of conductors Ms. Yukiko Grine and Mrs. Rachel Richards, the OYS, Inc. community of parents, musicians and coaches are very excited about what they have in store for this year.

New to the 2018-2019 season is a woodwind quintet comprised of students in grades 7-9.

OYS-Philharmonia conductor Rachel Richards is excited for this season. “What I love most about music is that it gives us (everyone) the opportunity to communicate and connect,” she said.  “I often remind my students that as musicians, we have a super power and our responsibility cannot be taken lightly. That super power allows us to bring people through their emotions by the way we prepare, perform, interpret, and express the music. The music we are preparing for our first performance together will include a little something for everyone – from classical to contemporary, originating in places near and far, involving new ideas and familiar themes. This engaging program is sure to have you smiling.”

The fall concert will be on November 4 at Alberta Kimball Auditorium at 2pm.  The annual Holiday Concert will be on Saturday, December 8 at 2pm, also at Alberta Kimball Auditorium.

The spring concert, scheduled for March 10, 2019, will feature a piece composed by renowned composer and arranger, Carrie Gruselle.  OYS musicians will have the opportunity to perform the world premier of a piece specifically written for them. This piece will feature both traditional and popular Hmong themes. The musicians will be collaborating with an Asian dance troupe to further immerse the musicians and audience members in the Hmong culture.

Tickets for all concerts are $5.00 each and children 4 and under are free.

New this year for the musicians will be an additional Chamber Music Season upon the conclusion of their March spring concert.  Students will develop leadership skills, along with their musical skills to perform classical pieces in small groups. Select chamber groups will perform in April at The Howard in their Great Hall.

For more information, please visit their website: oshkoshyouthsymphony.org

Submitted by the Oshkosh Youth Symphony OrchestraThe mission of OYS, Inc., is to cultivate and inspire dedicated young musicians through exceptional opportunities.  The organization works to enrich the community through diverse and inclusive programs. Photos courtesy of OYS.

The Oshkosh Independent is proud to be the supporting media partner of the Oshkosh Youth Symphony.


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