Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two June Events

Finally it feels like summer, so much traveling since the season ended! It’s a day off, the first REAL day off in weeks. Oh wait, that’s right, I’m blogging, but I always have a few minutes to spare y’all.

The KSYO summer Strings Camp was an unqualified success, with a record number of players (213!!) among four different ensembles. Each group prepared and presented a wide variety of music, collaborating on a soul-stirring final concert. KSYO staff Jim Fellenbaum, Erin Archer, Katie Hutchinson, Katie Middleton and Kathy Hart-Reilly each pack twenty pounds of potatoes into a ten-pound bag every day. Thanks to them, a fondness for orchestra playing is deep in the hearts of those kids forever. I have a couple students 
who were absolutely captivated by the whole experience. 


Our hard-working administrative staff has been off in St. Louis, watching the Cardinals beat the Cubs... er, representing the KSO at the League of American Orchestras convention. Executive Director Rachel Ford and Director of Education and Community Partnerships Jennifer Barnett spent June 17-20 in St. Louis with close to 1,000 orchestra professionals, giving presentations and rubbing elbows with fellow “orchestrators” in the STL.

Lots of links to our and other orchestra’s presentations are on the League website; to see Yadier Molina’s home run in the 6th inning at Busch Stadium, here are some photos.

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