Challenges come in many forms, and a group of young people chose the one that has been daunting musicians for centuries — classical music.
The perfect place for students to hone their teamwork and instrumentals is through the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras. The children, ages 7-18, are divided into three groups based on their skill level and the instrument they play. Most of the younger musicians play in one of two prelude groups, and the older or more skilled ones participate in the Philharmonic Orchestra.
This year, the new conductors, Sascha Zaburdaeva and Trevor Marcho, are working with about 90 young musicians. The groups rehearse weekly at the Bangor High School auditorium, and they have opportunities to work with professional musicians from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Brian Hinrichs, the Executive Director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, said that participating gives the musicians performance experience in an encouraging and motivating environment. He believes it is good for the children to have music ensemble experience as the skills go beyond playing music, especially as the students learn to interact and work in a larger group.
The groups will show off their skills in winter and spring performances. For more information about the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras visit www.bangorsymphony.org/bsyo