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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 85th Anniversary Concert
Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings

Kara Camfield, conductor

Gustav Holst (1874–1934) arr. Deborah Baker Monday "Jupiter" from The Planets

Bedrich Smetana (1824–1884) arr. Robert Frost Themes from The Moldau

Brian Balmages (b. 1975) Afterburn

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings

Betsey Hofeldt, conductor

George Frederic Handel (1685–1759) Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No. 1

  1. A tempo giusto
  2. Allegro
  3. Allegro

Victoria Chavez, violin
Faelynn Gill, violin
Lincoln Napier, violin
Sravya Kandarpa, violin
William Bruhn, violin
Aadya Gujja, violin
Meredith Haley, cello
Norah Rocke, cello

Gustav Holst (1874–1934) St Paul's Suite

  1. Jig: Vivace

Leroy Anderson (1908–1975) arr. William Zinn Jazz Pizzicato

– Intermission –

Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Patrick Reynolds, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066

  1. Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Overture to The Magic Flute

Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) Overture to La Belle Helene

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) Overture to La Forza del Destino

John Williams (b. 1932) Main Title from Star Wars

Combined Youth Orchestras of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Neal Gittleman, conductor

Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881) arr. David Stone Pictures at an Exhibition

  1. "Great Gate of Kiev"
About the Concert

Happy Birthday!  

This year marks the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the third-oldest youth orchestra in the United States! I welcome you warmly to today’s 85th Anniversary Concert. 

If you are a parent or grandparent of a DPYO musician, thank you for encouraging and supporting your musician to participate in this extraordinary pre-professional ensemble! If you are a sibling, relative, neighbor, or friend of a musician, thank you for joining us today to enjoy their artistry and celebrate their accomplishments. 

DPYO is part of a much larger family, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, which encompasses three professional ensembles—the Dayton Opera, Ballet, and Philharmonic Orchestra—as well as the Dayton Ballet School, the DPYO itself, Youth Strings, Junior Strings, and a host of programs for communities and schools that serve fourteen counties in our region and over 30,000 persons per year. Thank you for being part of this family! 

Musicians from the DPYO go on to extraordinary careers in many fields, including distinguished service in the music world, but in a dizzying variety of other professions as well. Adults who work in technical, scientific, and quantitative fields are 22 times more likely to play a musical instrument than the general population. We know why: people who learn to play musical instruments as children and youth develop new neural pathways that are then available for other things as well. This helps to explain the strong correlation between musical ability and academic performance. Thank you for encouraging and supporting the young people in your life to be involved in music! 

I want to offer special thanks to Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Conductor of the DPYO and Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic. Dr. Reynolds is celebrating his 25th anniversary with DPAA this year. He has been an outstanding teacher and mentor of young musicians and his influence is incalculable. Thank you, Dr. Reynolds, for your dedicated and enthusiastic leadership for so many years. 

Now—enjoy today’s program with the talented members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Youth Strings, and Junior Strings! Happy Birthday, everyone! 

Patrick J. Nugent 
President & CEO 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 

Neal Gittleman                    
Conductor, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra    

Jeaunita Ìfẹ́wándé Château Olówè  
Vice President for Learning and Community Engagement 


Learning Programs Sponsor

Thank you to the following sponsor for their support of the 2022-2023 Learning Programs:

About the DPAA's Youth Orchestras
Historical Note
Pre-Concert Showcase: Q the Music

Join us in the Schuster Center Wintergarden before the performance for a presentation by Q the Music.

Q the Music is a daily, tuition-free, after-school orchestra program that supports the musical, academic, and social growth of at-promise youth at Ruskin Elementary School (strings and Edwin Joel Brown Middle School (band instruments) in Dayton, Ohio.

DPYO Alumni

This silent video was made so that you can learn more about DPYO alumni during the show! 

A Letter to DPYO

Dear Friends,

It is my great pleasure to join past and present members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in celebrating the Orchestra's 85th Anniversary!

I joined the DPYO (referred to then as the 'Junior Phil') 68 years ago in 1955 as a high school freshman playing until graduation from Belmont HS in '59. The director then was Philharmonic violinist and teacher, Marjorie Kline. She had succeeded Paul Katz, founder and conductor of the DPO. Those years were filled with rich musical experiences – too numerous to mention here. But as I hoped to one day become a conductor, I purchased scores to all the major works we played and would often be caught missing an important entrance because of having my head buried in the score.

And now, after a 45-year conducting career followed by 16 years with my Foundation to Assist Young Musicians, I continue to marvel at how beautifully vibrant and innovative the arts scene has been in my hometown. And so much of that richness is due to those rare and dedicated folks, like Dr. Reynolds, who have made the musical arts in Dayton their total commitment. To the present members of the DPYO, I hope you understand how very fortunate you are to play under his direction and in world-class facilities that were only a dream when I was your age. And to ALL whose contributions of time, talent, and treasure have brought us to this 85th milestone, CONGRATULATIONS!

May the journey continue well into the future.

Yours truly,

Harold Weller

Founder/Trustee, Foundation to Assist Young Musicians

Thank You

We would like to thank the public and private music teachers who have assisted in the growth of these fine young musicians in the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.

We gratefully acknowledge the Youth Orchestras parents for their time and support of DPYO, DPYS, DPJS, and Q the Music.

Each year, the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association awards summer music camp and college scholarships to our students and provides funds for the cost of music, sectionals, and membership fee assistance. We greatly appreciate the DPVA’s support of our youth orchestras and their work on behalf of the Dayton Philharmonic’s Learning Programs.

To make a gift of any amount for a student’s participation, visit daytonperformingarts.org/donate. Designate to the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Junior Strings, or Youth Strings. 

Radio Broadcast

This concert will be broadcast on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 10am on Discover Classical 88.1 and 89.9 on the “Live and Local” program.

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