Guam’s Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra joins League of American Orchestras

Posted on: June 8, 2022

“After resuming performances in February following a pandemic hiatus, the Tumon Bay Youth Orchestra has several changes pending for its next season,” states an unsigned article in Sunday’s (6/5) Pacific Daily News (Guam). “Last month, the orchestra was accepted into the League of American Orchestras, according to the May 2022 newsletter of the Guam Philharmonic Foundation Inc. Founded in 1942, the League has more than 1,800 members made up of organizations and individuals…. With its acceptance, the [Tumon Bay Youth] Orchestra now is part of a national network of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers and business partners…. In other news, resident conductor Amanda Bateman, who has led the orchestra since fall 2020, left her role in May to pursue graduate studies in music. Bateman successfully met the challenges of keeping the youth musicians engaged through the pandemic, holding virtual rehearsals before being able to meet [and perform] outdoors…. The foundation has not yet begun a search for Bateman’s replacement, said Maximo Ronquillo Jr., the foundation’s board president and chair…. The new conductor will be leading the youth orchestra when it travels in December to perform, possibly for a regional tour in Micronesia.”