Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra offers free concert Thursday |

Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra offers free concert Thursday


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 or call 916-676-3730.

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