WYSO Offers Endangered Instrument Workshop Series

WYSO Offers Endangered Instrument Workshop Series

Last fall, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras received a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation to begin addressing an increasingly significant issue for youth and school orchestras: how to bring attention to three “endangered” instruments, horn, viola, and bassoon.

Students and teachers cite the high cost of purchasing and maintaining the instruments as one of the main reasons that schools are often unable to introduce or teach the instruments in music classes. Music educators have seen shrinking numbers of students in these sections each year. Hoping to restore the full, rich sound of a complete orchestra, WYSO began implementing the Endangered Instrument Workshop Series in September 2012.

Three prominent local music educators lead the individual instrument programs, supported by additional assistance from students of the UW School of Music. Matt Beecher leads the enCORe horn program, UW School of Music Professor Marc Vallon leads the Begin the Bassoon program, and Diedre Buckley leads the Viola Explorers program. Each program provides students with access to an instrument, group lessons, individual attention, and the opportunity to continue their study through private lesson scholarships. The programs are open to both WYSO and non-WYSO members

The enCORe Horn Program will begin a new session in September 2013. The enCORe rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings beginning September 12, culminating in a concert on November 14. Download the enCORe Brochure Fall 2013.

For more information about the Endangered Instrument Workshop Series, including opportunities for participation, contact WYSO at wyso@wyso.music.wisc.edu or 608-263-3320.

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