Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras embrace classical music

Posted Nov. 01, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
Musicians joke around during break in the rehearsal of the Philharmonic Orchestra.  The two age groups meet once a week to rehearse but play in concerts together in the winter and the spring.  The musicians in the youth symphony range from age 7-18.
Musicians joke around during break in the rehearsal of the Philharmonic Orchestra. The two age groups meet once a week to rehearse but play in concerts together in the winter and the spring. The musicians in the youth symphony range from age 7-18.
Trevor Marcho conducts during the rehearsal of the Prelude Wind Ensemble of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Trevor Marcho conducts during the rehearsal of the Prelude Wind Ensemble of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Sophie Kahn walks off the stage after the rehersal of the Prelude String Orchestra that is the musical home to the youngest players of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Sophie Kahn walks off the stage after the rehersal of the Prelude String Orchestra that is the musical home to the youngest players of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras' second violinist Colin Aponte goes over a piece during a break while rehearsing at the Bangor High School
Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras' second violinist Colin Aponte goes over a piece during a break while rehearsing at the Bangor High School
Heather Carpenter is a flute player in the Prelude Wind Ensemble of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Heather Carpenter is a flute player in the Prelude Wind Ensemble of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras.
Musicians in the Prelude String Orchestra play during the rehearsal at the Bangor High School.
Musicians in the Prelude String Orchestra play during the rehearsal at the Bangor High School. Buy Photo
Prelude String Orchestra conductor Sascha Zaburdaeva during rehearsal at the Bangor High School.
Prelude String Orchestra conductor Sascha Zaburdaeva during rehearsal at the Bangor High School. Buy Photo
Trumpet player Noah McCarthy warms up before the rehearsal of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras at the Bangor High School.
Trumpet player Noah McCarthy warms up before the rehearsal of the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestras at the Bangor High School. Buy Photo
Prelude String Orchestra bass player Michael Sears during rehearsal at the Bangor High School.
Prelude String Orchestra bass player Michael Sears during rehearsal at the Bangor High School. Buy Photo

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

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