Omaha Area Youth Orchestras’ Segall, celebrating 15th year with ensemble

Posted on: March 26, 2014

“Aviva Segall stood out the very first time she set foot in Omaha back in 1999” when she auditioned for the job of music director of Omaha Area Youth Orchestras, writes Rana Scarlett-Johnson, OAYO’s managing director, in Friday’s (3/21) Jewish Press (Omaha, Nebraska). “ ‘Her goal was to be a conductor of young musicians,’ rather than use youth orchestra experience as a stepping-stone to professional orchestras, said Ann Williamson, an Omaha Symphony Guild member and former OAYO board member. ‘That, to me, was impressive.’… Omaha’s reputation as a welcoming, encouraging community has helped Segall accomplish several major initiatives for OAYO” during her fifteen-year tenure, forging “connections with several major contemporary composers, Joan Tower, Chen Yi, Joseph Schwantner and William Bolcom, providing opportunities for the young musicians to not only perform new music but work with the composers themselves…. She helped expand the organization’s Prelude Strings program … for elementary school-aged musicians … [and] helped originate OAYO’s Youth Conservatory Orchestra, an orchestral ensemble for students in grades 5 through 12, as well as the Percussion Ensemble.… ‘You know how some things in your life end up working out perfectly?’ … she said. ‘That is how this job has been for me.’ ”

Posted March 26, 2014