NEW PROVIDENCE—The New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) presents two Spring concerts on Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Summit Middle School, 272 Morris Ave. in Summit. The exciting day of music features performances by Flute Choir, Junior Strings, Prep Strings, and Sinfonia in the afternoon and Flute Forum, Junior Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonia in the evening. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or online at Current NJYS students and their music teachers may attend for free.

Flute Choir led by conductor Diana Charos Reilly will open the 3:00 p.m. concert with arrangements of Kabalevsky The Comedian’s Gallop and Delibes Flower Duet from Lakme among other works followed by Junior Strings and Prep Strings led by conductor Michelle Hatcher performing works by Granados, Balmage, and Holst. The concert concludes with Sinfonia led by conductor Nate White performing Meyer’s Westridge Overture and Dvořák Serenade for Strings, Op. 22.

Flute Forum led by conductor Diana Charos Reilly will open the 7:00 p.m. concert with works including Yiruma River Runs in You followed by Junior Wind Ensemble led by conductor Bryan Rudderow performing works by J.S. Bach, Vaughn Williams, Frackenpohl, and Shaffer. The concert concludes with Philharmonia led by conductor Mark Gunderman performing an arrangement of Sibelius Finlandia, Saint-Saens Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, and Holst Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity from The Planets.

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NJYS would like to congratulate its graduating seniors from Youth Orchestra and Youth Symphony. These are some of schools students will be attending in the Fall: Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, NYU Shanghai, Princeton University, Seton Hall University, Tufts University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Maryland School of Music, University of Virginia, and Wesleyan University.                        

Mark Gunderman is internationally active as a violinist, educator and conductor. He currently conducts the orchestra at both Franklin Middle School and Franklin High School in Somerset, NJ. He is in his tenth year as conductor of NJYS’s Philharmonia. 

Michelle Hatcher, violist and string specialist, is director of NJYS’s Prep and Junior Strings ensembles. While freelancing and teaching in NYC, she found her true passion: sharing her love of music with children. This past year, Hatcher received the The Samuel Antek Award for Music Education from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. 

Diana Charos Reilly is conductor of NJYS’s Flute Choir, Flute Forum, and Fortissimo Flutes. A proud alumna of NJYS, Charos Reilly joined the teaching staff in 1993 as ensemble director for the Orchestral Winds Training Program and founded both the Flute Choir and Flute Forum in 1998. Fortissimo Flutes debuted in 2014. 

Bryan Rudderow is conductor of NJYS’s Junior Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Ensemble. Rudderow has performed on three continents as conductor, composer, and clarinetist focusing his energy on music composed in his lifetime. 

Nate White joined the NJYS family as a student in 1989 and is currently conductor of Sinfonia.  White founded the Freelance Ensemble Artists (FEA) of New Jersey and now serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the FEA Symphony, a group made up of professional performers and music educators who take the stage with advanced college and high school student musicians.

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