Welcome & Congratulations, 2022-2023 Senior Symphony!

Good Afternoon, Senior Symphony Musicians!

I hope that this note finds you doing very well during what I imagine may be a final week of school for many of you, or first week of summer vacation. Congratulations and “way to go!” on getting through another big year.  You are each truly remarkable—I hope you enjoy a perfect summer.

I am very happy to welcome you to the orchestra which is an extraordinary group of people from throughout our area who have many gifts, interests, and talents.  You are extremely important musicians and your leadership and impact are recognized both nationally and internationally. What I hope you discover is that the orchestra is a place you’ll find happiness and friends while you seriously pursue your musical journey.

If you haven’t heard the orchestra, here are a couple recordings from our final concert on May 22nd:

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47, Mvt 1; Clark Snavely, Violin

Tchaikovsky, The Year 1812, A Solemn Overture (1812 Overture) 

Looking forward, some of the orchestra’s musicians volunteer to help me with programming our concerts.  The Senior Symphony Program Committee met last summer to talk about the orchestra’s responsibilities and also what musicians would like to get out of playing in the orchestra. If you’d like to be part of that group this time around, please let me know and I’ll guide you through the rest!  I set aside a few times, which we’ll tweak if needed.

Senior Symphony Repertoire Sessions:

  • Wednesday, June 15 – 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 22 – 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 6 – 3:00-5:00 pm

Also, a few repeats from last week’s invitation– the orchestra will perform two short Welcome Concerts for our younger musicians in Wind Ensemble on Thursday, September 8, and String Orchestra on Monday, September 12. Everything should take place in Youth Arts Hall, and the schedule for those brief performances is just below:

Thursday, August 25 – 4:30-6:00 pm

Saturday, August 27 – 1:00-2:30 pm

Wednesday, September 7 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Thursday, September 8

  • 6:30 pm Report
  • 7:00-7:30pm Performance for young wind, brass, and percussionists

Monday, September 12

  • 5:20 pm Report
  • 5:30 pm Rehearse
  • 6:45 pm Performance for Young MYSO string players
  • Break
  • 7:30-8:45 pm Rehearse

Concert Dates (as of June 1, 2022):

  • Sunday, October 30, 2022 – Play Your Part Concert; Sharon Lynne Wilson Center; Performance time TBD
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 – Founders Concert; Carroll University; 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 5, 2023 – Winter Concert; Bradley Symphony Center (Yes!); Performance Time TBD
  • Sunday, April 30, 2023 – Fanfare and Finale Concert; Marcus Performing Arts Center; 3:00 pm

All dates, times, and venues are subject to change.

And please remember to respond to the note sent in May about our international tour to Belgium and The Netherlands in July 2023.

OK, that’s enough for the moment!  I look forward to our time together in orchestra—very best wishes to all of you and your families, too.



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