Five Oregon high school string orchestras will be descending upon Newport for four days of live community youth symphony concerts, creative workshops, clinics to instill a drive for excellence and to inspire our Oregon classical music students to be musicians for a lifetime.
The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will take place in Newport Friday and Saturday. Oregon high school orchestras and the special guest the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra are in Newport for three days of workshops, instructional sessions, mentoring and free public concerts featuring the all the orchestras. Besides the Willamette University Chamber, the high schools attending include Tigard, West Linn, Pendleton, North Salem and Grants Pass.
Friday at 7:30pm at the Performing Arts Center will be the Festival’s opening concert featuring the North Salem, Pendleton and Grants Pass High school orchestras followed by our special guest the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra.
The scene shifts to the Newport Middle School gym Saturday night at 7:30pm with performances by the Tigard and West Linn high school orchestras. The the grand finale will feature all five high school orchestra students coming together with a mass performance featuring the music of Ernest Bloch and composer Soon Hee Newbold’s “Iditarod”.
Music Directors and workshop leaders are Adam Flatt the long time conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean and special guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo, Artistic Director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley, New Jersey and the music director and conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony.
All concerts are free to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information go to the Festival website – www.youthsymphonyfestival.org. The Newport Performing Arts Center is located at 777 West Olive Street. Newport Middle School is located at 825 NE 7th.
school classical music students from all over Oregon. This came out of a love for classical music and a passion for our youth to embrace it in their musical talent and hearts and has become one of the most original events in the West and indeed the entire country.
The Festival is endorsed by all six major Oregon Symphony Orchestras including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Corvallis-OSU Symphony and our own Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.