Michael Seybold, a senior at Grafton High School, has played trumpet in MYSO for the past six years and is currently a member of MYSO’s Senior Symphony. He plays trumpet and electric bass in the band and jazz programs at Grafton High School, and sings bass in vocal ensembles and the theater program. Michael has been selected for the WSMA State Honors Choir for the past four years, and he currently studies voice with Michelle Hynson.
In June of 2019, Seybold won a Jerry Award in the Outstanding Lead Performance category as the role of Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone, and was nominated for the same award for his performance as Prince Topher from Cinderella the following year. His rock band Exit 92 is currently recording an album of his original material.
Michael studies with Ron Foster as part of the MYSO John Downey Creation Project and is honored to have the Senior Symphony premiere his composition Fantasy for Orchestra.
Michael will begin his studies in music education and composition at DePaul University this fall.
A Note from the Composer:
The opening statement of “Fantasy for Orchestra” is the primary theme, carried throughout the piece in different tonalities and contexts. The clarinet solo that follows introduces the second theme, which is extended throughout the introduction of the piece. The primary theme serves as the main inspiration for the oboe solo, which is altered to fit the new major tonality. As the piece modulates rhythmically and tonally, the themes intertwine and build to a climactic ending. In this composition, I gave each section of the orchestra their own moment to shine featuring various solo instruments. I appreciate Mr. Foster’s guidance in helping me become a better orchestrator.