Youth orchestra presents winter concert
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra (JSYO) will present their winter concert Jan. 12 at the Arcadia Theater in Windber.
The hour-long program will feature JSYO’s young musicians performing works from the Broadway production “Hamilton,” plus Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” and Arturo Marquez’s “Danzón No. 2.”
JSYO consists of approximately 30 students representing a dozen schools in and around Johnstown.
David Anderson, JSYO’s conductor, said that he has a remarkable group of young musicians who are both exceptionally talented, and who work extremely hard.
The JSYO String Quartet and the JSYO Brass Quartet will make their debut performances of the season as well.
Tickets for this concert will be available at the door.
For more information about JSYO, visit www.johnstownsymphony.org or call 814-535-6738.
Any student musician who would like to audition for the JSYO is welcome to do so. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the aforementioned telephone number.
“The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is committed to supporting area school music programs, and we continue to work with educators in our area to lift up the importance of the arts in education and in our community,” said JSO Orchestra Manager Beth Pile. “Students from many school districts in the region come together in our Youth Orchestra to learn about and make music. They are fine musicians, terrific students and examples of the best of Johnstown. The concert should be terrific.”
In other JSO news, rehearsals will begin this month for JSO’s children’s chorus program, Inclined to Sing.
Children in the Johnstown area who enjoy singing are welcome to join the program, which is directed by Kim Rauch. Rauch founded Inclined to Sing approximately 20 years ago. He believes in a child-centered approach to music-making, which gives young singers an opportunity to discover their voices and grow their love of music.
The music that Inclined to Sing members perform ranges from game songs to famous compositions, from ancient to modern, as well as songs from around the world.
Inclined to Sing is open to children ages 5 through 15. The group has sung for the Johnstown community at concerts, for civic events and at JSO subscription concerts.
In the spring of 2020, Inclined to Sing will present a concert at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus. They are also scheduled to sing the National Anthem at a Johnstown Tomahawks game and at an Altoona Curve game.
For more information about Inclined to Sing, contact a JSO staff member at 814-535-6738.