The Edmond Sun

October 18, 2013

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras to present fall concert in Edmond

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Three Oklahoma Youth Orchestras ensembles — the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia — will perform in their first concert of the season at 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Each ensemble is comprised of talented middle and high school students from across the state. Oklahoma Youth Orchestras dedicated staff of music educators, including Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Peter Markes, challenge their students with selections to enhance their musical abilities at each concert. The Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, the flagship orchestra of the organization led by John Clinton, will present a program of classical works including those of Verdi, Wagner and Weber featuring orchestra member Olivia Fletcher in a concerto for bassoon and orchestra.

“Giving high school seniors the opportunity to perform as soloists with full orchestra is one of the many opportunities for growth that the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras provides budding musicians,” Clinton said. “Fletcher is one of three students selected to perform a concerto this season.”

The Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia, led by Dawn Thrailkill and Gena Alexander, will perform challenging pieces that have developed their musicianship since the start of the season. “Our students are excited to present their first concert of the season!” Alexander said.

All ages are invited to join Oklahoma Youth Orchestras in showcasing Oklahoma’s excelling young musicians at this opening concert. Edmond Santa Fe High School is located at 1901 W. 15th St., Edmond, OK 73013. Admission to regular season concerts is $5 for an individual, $10 for a family of any size and $2 for students with a valid ID unless otherwise noted. All tickets are general admission and available only on the day of the concert. OKCity Card Holders can enjoy 50 percent off admission when they present their card. For more information, visit, contact or call 232-1199.