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DPO To Hold Auditions for Youth and Strings Orchestras

 

CONTACT: Angela Whitehead
Interim Communications & Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Dayton Ballet / Dayton Opera / Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
126 N. Main St., Suite 210, Dayton OH 45402
O: (937) 224-3521 x 1138  F: (937) 223-9189

DAYTON, OH (April 16, 2014) – Calling all student musicians! On April 26, May 1, May 3, and May 5, at the University of Dayton, the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings will hold auditions for the 2014-2015 Season. To schedule an audition time, applicants must phone the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at (937) 224-3521 ext. 1136 or ext. 1118.

“Each year, our Youth Orchestras offer talented, young musicians the opportunity to perform fine orchestral literature and further develop their musical talents,” said Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the DPAA. “Working with professional musicians, the culmination will be three concert performances by the Youth Orchestra and two concerts by the Youth Strings."

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will hold its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Schuster Center.

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About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds brings, together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestra musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.  The DPYO performs 3 concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2014 Ohio Music Education Association conferences. The DPYO also appears regularly on the DPO Family Concert Series.  DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and  the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Orchestra Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Conductor

Now in his 16th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Patrick Reynolds conducts over two-dozen performances with the DPO each season, including Magic Carpet, SPARK – School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids – and Young People's concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area.  In addition he has conducted the DPO in Classical and Chamber subscription concerts, as well as Pops and summer concerts. Reynolds is in his 13th season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD), Arlington (VA), Queens (NY) and High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras, and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.   Patrick Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings

Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grades 6 through 12. The Youth Strings consists of 67 students representing 28 different schools from the Greater Dayton area.  Students in the Junior String Orchestra perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Youth Strings often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Conductor

Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin perform from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Naoka Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the DPO, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. Since 1991, Betsey has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley. Betsey is on the faculty of Wittenberg University as a violin and viola instructor and maintains a private studio in Oakwood.

 About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras


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