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York Junior Symphony Orchestra
Date: 4/4/2011 Album ID: 1206023
York Junior Symphony Orchestra (YJSO) was founded in 1967 and is made up with students from fifth to eighth grades. YJSO believes they are the only full symphonic orchestra of this age between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that play at a level 4. Music levels run 1-8 with 8 being professional. That means YJSO plays at a high school level orchestra according to Kim Graby, president of the YJSO board. Students are recommended for August auditions by local school band and orchestra leaders as well as private instructors. With York County school districts talking budget cuts Graby is concerned it will effect the symphony because the schools are YJSO's feeder programs. She adds that if you take the music programs out of the school system then " you go back to an era when only the wealthy could afford to give their children private instrumental lessons." To learn more go to www.yjso.org. Any donations to the group may be sent to YJSO; 50 N. George St; York, PA. 17401. Randy Flaum photos
York Junior Symphony Orchestra concertmistress Kristen Zak is a seventh-grader at Southern Middle School. She became interested in the violin when in the third grade after hearing a musician playing the instrument. At the time Kristen knew that is what she wanted to play. Randy Flaum photo
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Dallastown Middle School eighth-grader Leah Jorgensen, right, and a member of the York Junior Symphony Orchestra. She says music is part of what I am. Leah feels fench horn is magic when she plays it. Randy Flaum photo
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Conductor Kathy Yeater leads a York Junior Symphony Orchestra rehearsal recently at Eastern York High School. Randy Flaum photo
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Ethan Forleman, a seveth-grader at Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School in York City, plays trumpet for the York Junior Symphony Orchestra. He liked listening to his brothers play instruments when he was younger and started playing the bass when in third grade. When Ethan got to fourth grade he switched to the trumpet, the same instrument one of his brothers played. His plans is to become a private tutor when growing up. He also feels that any city school budget cuts will not effect the music departments because York City is known for its music. Randy Flaum photo
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