Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra offers free concert Thursday
KNOW & GO
WHO: Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra
WHAT: Spring Concert
WHEN: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, May 19
WHERE: Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, CA
Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra (MIMYO) will present a special free Spring Concert featuring 20 young musicians performing the works of Boccherini, Grieg, Strauss, and more, at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St.
In November 2015, MIM, the largest private provider of music education services to Nevada County students, along with the support of Julia Amaral and Mark Strate, were able to expand its education programming by adopting the Nevada County Youth Orchestra, established in 2012 by Richard Stone, to become the new MIM Youth Orchestra.
Wayland Whitney, a string player, recent graduate of UC Davis with a BA in Music Performance and co-founder of the Placer County Youth Orchestra, was selected as the Conductor and accomplished local harpist Sage Po as the Assistant Conductor of MIMYO.
“We have a laundry list of pieces we want to perform, but our goals for the Youth Orchestra boil down to 1) raising the bar beyond an orchestra that is “pretty good for kids” to really providing a quality musical experience for our listeners, 2) emphasizing arts, culture and music education not only for the students but our audience, and 3) fostering that sense of community and camaraderie among the students, parents and local teachers,” said Whitney.
Po who recently returned to Nevada County after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in harp performance and a certificate in Music Education, is most excited by the possibilities the new orchestra brings to students county wide.
“It has been wonderful to make this a reality. While I was growing up here there were no high school orchestras and I wasn’t able to make the drive to Auburn to perform with their youth orchestra,” explains Po. “This orchestra is opening up a whole new world for local young musicians, by allowing them to play and create with other people; to be part of something much bigger.”
Currently, 20 students between the ages of 8-16 meet a week as a string orchestra where they are learning to play music as an ensemble. This summer MIMYO will offer two weeklong day camp intensives for String Players of all ages and abilities, followed by a free concert for the community.
The first intensive begins June 13 and ends 17, followed by another from Aug. 1-5. Workshops and concerts are held at Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St., Grass Valley, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition is $125 per single session or $200 for both sessions. Scholarships and discounts are available.
For more information contact Wayland Whitney at email@example.com or call 916-676-3730.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User