Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra celebrates 40 years

Posted on: November 15, 2010

In Sunday’s (11/14) Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Anna Reguero writes, “The Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra hits a milestone when it opens its season today. It’s the orchestra’s 40th anniversary of enhancing the lives of area youths through music. There are youth orchestras all over the country—and many premiere youth ensembles in bigger cities—but the RPYO boasts something most other youth orchestras lack. It’s one of the few orchestras to work in tandem with its associated professional orchestra. Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra musicians mentor the young participants throughout the year, including a week-long retreat every fall and in sectional rehearsals leading up to concerts, raising the level of music-making and enhancing the experience for the students.” A concert on Sunday included works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven, Sibelius, and Verdi. A European tour in 2007, the article states, “was not a one-time international trip. The orchestra has a long history of performing abroad. Last spring, the orchestra traveled to Quebec, also collaborating on a concert with another youth orchestra in Montreal. … In the spring, the youth orchestra performs its annual side-by-side concert with RPO mentors, and it will bring back accomplished alumni for concerto spotlights.”

Posted November 15, 2010