After School Arts Program, based in Washington, CT, has been working with Waterbury Symphony and I have been one of the teaching artists. String playing students from the nearby towns spend about four months preparing themselves to play side-by-side with Waterbury Symphony. This was my fourth year coaching them. On March 3, we performed at the Warner Theater in Torrington, CT, for local school children. Here's the ASAP blog about that event.
The Warner Theater is probably one of the most gorgeous theaters in CT and it is rumored that it's haunted by a ghost named Murphy.
It was a four-month journey with the biggest number of students ever (about 30!) but all the teaching artists felt that it was one of the most successful seasons and we were so proud of the outcome of those concerts. Kudos to all the participants! And many many thanks to ASAP, Waterbury Symphony and the participants' family members!
The other student orchestra I coach, Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic had had a bad luck; almost all rehearsals had to be canceled due to snow. We had a concert on March 8 and all we had gotten was two rehearsals in January, one in February and then three in March. But the students really worked hard during the "prep week" and got so much done in each rehearsal. Even though we had to cut movements out of a symphony it was great that they accomplished so much in such a short time. Bravi, SYAP!
The journey continues on for SYAP, the season final concert is on May 17. We have gotten some new musicians and I am proud to say that my private student, Jovita Li made her audition for YAP, the top orchestra (she is one of the youngests in the group)!