A new ensemble has been created for intermediate-level musicians by the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra.
The Wind Symphony is Lorain Country’s only extracurricular wind ensemble. It seeks excellent flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, harp, and piano players. All are encouraged to try out.
Andrew Machamer, general manager of NOYO as well as a lecturer in music theory at Baldwin Wallace college, will conduct the new ensemble.
“I am excited and honored to introduce this new ensemble to Lorain County,” Machamer said. “I have seen first hand the high-quality, professional-level training NOYO has made accessible for string players and know the impact it will have for young wind players.”
NOYO is dedicated to creating inclusive programming that serves young musicians regardless of social, economic, or ethnic backgrounds. The Wind Symphony provides an opportunity to interact with some of the area’s top musicians and educators.
Dustin Wiley is the president of the Ohio Music Education Association’s District 4, which includes Lorain County and part of Cuyahoga county. He began talking about a new ensemble for intermediate wind players two years ago with Michael Roest, NOYO’s executive director.
“I think this is going to be a fantastic opportunity for wind players in the area,” Wiley said. “Almost every single school in the area has a band program of some sort, and this will broaden the reach of NOYO to pretty much every school in the region — even Huron, the Toledo area, and further. It’s a great outreach opportunity.”
The program includes teachings on breathing, intonation, and rehearsal and practice techniques.
Rehearsals and performances will take place at the Oberlin Conservatory, where professional musicians-in-training will assist Machamer by teaching in one-on-one and small group situations.
The Wind Symphony will perform two concerts a year. Weekly afternoon rehearsals will begin Sunday, Oct. 9 and finish on Sunday, March 26. At the end of the year, the Wind Symphony will partner with its string counterpart in NOYO, the Sinfonietta Strings, to perform a work for full orchestra at the end of the season.
Auditions will be held Aug. 20 with additional opportunities to audition in September. For more information, visit www.noyo.org.
Courtesy photo The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, seen here in Oberlin’s Finney Chapel, is adding a new student ensemble to its roster.