News and Announcements

On this page we will post items of information that may be of interest to the musicians in the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra.

Hoedown!

This is John Varineau’s 25th year conducting the Youth Symphony. We celebrated with a Hoedown on Monday, October 29.  Some roasting and toasting Mr V.  Great food, (great?) dancing, great fun.  Check out the Hoedown photos.

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Brass and percussion clinic on Dec 8, 2012

Brass Band of Battle Creek is having a free clinic for high school brass and percussion students before their concert on Saturday, December 8th.  Students can purchase tickets for the concert that evening for only $7.  Adult tickets are more.  You must make advance reservations.  Details are available on the web site.

http://www.bbbc.net/event.taf?_function=detail&event_uid1=163

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Visual and Performing Arts College Fairs in October

The Visual and Performing Arts College Fair will be in Interlochen on October 7 and in Chicago on October 14.  Get more information (including a list of schools attending) and resister at www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/PVA-College-Fairs/.

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Concerto Competition for Winds and Percussion

The Grand Rapids Symphonic Band is once again sponsoring the Youth Soloist Competition to find the state’s finest high school wind or percussion soloist.  In addition to performing a solo with the band, the winning student will also receive a $1,000 scholarship made payable to the university or college that he/she will attend. The youth soloist will appear in concert with the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, conducted by Barry Martin on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Grandville High School.   The winners each of the last two years have been GRYS members (Lydia Roth and Kramer MIlan).  Let’s make it three in a row for GRYS!

Audition tapes/CD’s must be postmarked by December 17, 2012.  Find all the details at

http://www.grsymphonicband.org/html/youthsoloist.htm

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Time to start thinking about… Summer!

It’s not too early to start thinking about next summer, especially if you want to participate in a summer music camp.  Susan Mangione, one of our GRYS parents, has assembled some notes based on her experience last summer.   Read more…

Do you have additional information to share?  Contact webmaster@grys.org to find out how.  We will collect additional ideas here.

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