Get set for a “string” of good music from local youth musicians.
The Huntsville Youth Orchestra’s Strings Unlimited, Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras will perform Tuesday evening at Sam Houston State University’s Gaertner Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.
The orchestra, which began rehearsal in January, will perform a range of songs from the musical “Oklahoma!” to Jewish Folk music on string instruments. The orchestra consists of three groups based on talent level, with strings unlimited for beginners, philharmonic for intermediate and chamber for advanced musicians. Members range in age from 8-18. The show will conclude with a performance featuring all three groups.
Music for the show is selected by Sam Houston State University faculty and student conductors, with consideration given to the ability level of the students within each orchestra.
“Our beginners begin with the basic fundamentals of reading music and learning about instruments,” said HYO board president Michelle Unger. “There is a lot of learning and growth. Beginners who had never picked up an instrument will perform in a concert just four months later. As they grow they will become even better. That is our goal.”
The orchestra, currently under the leadership of Dr. Naomi Gjevre, is a non-profit corporation chartered by the state of Texas in August 1986. It was started by Dr. Carole Smith, former professor of SHSU, and is currently supported financially in part by a grant from the Huntsville Arts Council, as well as by funds from donors.
“We are so grateful to teach these kids and inspire a love of music in them,” Unger added. “We have a lot of local talent and it is important to ensure everyone has the opportunity to showcase their skills.
“We encourage the community to join us tonight and support these kids and the hard work they have put in. It will be a great time for attendees and musicians.”
The next registration to join the orchestra will be in June, with a semester fee of $30. Students provide their own instruments and are required to take private lessons along with the group class.