Youth Orchestras of Essex County to Perform at SOPAC Dec. 14

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Twenty-six students from Maplewood-South Orange will perform with the Youth Orchestras of Essex County Winter Concert at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.

The Orchestras are composed of ninety skilled young musicians from over 18 towns in Essex County and are led by outstanding conductors and coaches, according to a press release.

Local students performing include:

Hazel Allison-Way, 7th grade, violin
Daisy Andrejco, 6th grade, violin
Rosalie Baron, 6th grade, flute
Kate Ciolkowski-Winters, 8th grade, violin
Brian DaSilva, 7th grade, clarinet
Michaela Deutsch-Dornfeld, 8th grade , violin
Elizabeth Foster-Krim, 11th grade, violin
Sadie Frank, 4th grade, violin
Matthew Henegan, 10th grade, cello
Isabelle Herring, 8th grade, cello
Alessandra Hill, 8th grade, cello
Mihir Jacinto, 9th grade, tenor sax, clarinet
Alexandra Krim, 8th grade, viola
Jordan Lipetz, 6th grade, cello
Daniel Maloof, 7th grade,piano, French horn
Hank Mecinski, 6th grade, violin
Ari Mehlman, 7th grade, trombone, piano
Alex Noble, 7th grade, violin
Ella Opdenberg, 8th grade, cello
Imogen Pranger, 7th grade, viola
Isabel Schneiderman, 10th grade, cello
Benjamin Svitavsky, 7th grade, piano, percussion
Sammy Svitavsky,4th grade, violin
Sophia Tsioulcas-Sherman, 3rd grade, violin
Dylan Vos, 12th grade,cello
Aaron Waldner, 8th grade, violin

Here is more information from the release:

Rehearsing together once a week, these 8-18 year old students create beautiful music in three distinct symphonic orchestras (Overture Strings, Junior Symphony Orchestra, Essex County Symphonic Orchestra) and the ABC (Anything But Classical) Ensemble. The ABC Ensemble features music from all over the world, and this concert will be performing selections from Haiti and Latin America, among others.

Providing a diverse and musically talented group of young people the opportunity to participate in an affordable, high-level orchestra experience and cultivate a lifelong love of music has been the mission of YOEC since 1956. The vibrant group is the longest operating youth orchestra in New Jersey.

Admission to YOEC is through auditions, held in January and May, and auditions are currently being scheduled for January for the spring 2015 session. Spaces are available for most instruments, including in the newly expanded Overture Ensemble, which is seeking brass and woodwind players, as well as a pianist for the first time. The other Orchestras and ABC Ensemble will be holding auditions also.

More information about the orchestras can be found at Interested musicians and community members are invited to experience this showcase by an outstanding group of young musicians at SOPAC.

Tickets are available on the SOPAC website.


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