Apprentice Program

Every season, YSO Juniors and Seniors have the opportunity to audition to participate in our Apprentice Program, in partnership with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra.  Two to four students are selected and partnered with a professional mentor. Each student receives five private lessons and then performs on stage with his or her mentor at a Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra concert. This is a wonderful educational opportunity for our students!

 

 

2017-2018 YSO Apprentices

The YSO is proud to announce our 4 apprentices for the 25th Anniversary Season: Brady Dehnert, Karl Dabalos, Cecilia Parker, and Alexis Nicolas.

Name:  Brady Dehnert, 5 years with YSO

School:  Burkburnett High School

Grade:  12

Instrument: Violin, percussion

What do you like about playing your instrument?  I like how percussion is the instrument that adds color and character to music.  I like mallet percussion instruments because you can play fast music with several notes at once.

What is your favorite thing about YSO?  I like how the best youth musicians can come together and make awesome music.

What is your favorite musical piece and/or favorite composer?  My favorite piece of music is Night on Bald Mountain.

What are your future goals?  I would like to become a scientist in a subject.  Right now I am looking at chemistry.

 

Name, Cecilia Parker, first year YSO member

School: Notre Dame Catholic School

Grade: 12

Instrument: French horn, 7 years

What do you like about playing your instrument? The reason I love to play French horn is that it is an instrument that challenges me to be a better player and I get to play amazing pieces of music.

What is your favorite thing about YSO? My favorite thing about YSO is getting to play in an orchestra rather than a band, as well as getting to play a completely different type of repertoire.

What is your favorite musical piece or composer? My favorite musical composer is Beethoven and my favorite piece is his 5th Symphony.

What are your future goals? I plan on attending Benedictine College and majoring in Music Education. I also hope to go on and get a Masters Degree in Performance.

 

Name:  Karl Dabalos, first year YSO member

School:  Notre Dame Catholic High School

Grade:  12

Instrument: Clarinet, 7 years

What do you like about playing your instrument?  The clarinet is a reflection of my personality – at first glance it may seem lite it’s an average instrument until you realize all the styles you can play with it  *cough* jazz.

What is your favorite thing about YSO?  I love how youth from all over Wichita get together each Sunday to play amazing music and show off their talent and no matter how expert you think you are, you learn something new every week.

What is your favorite musical piece and/or favorite composer?  My favorite classical piece is the “Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart, although Franz Schubert is my all-time favorite composer.

What are your future goals?  I plan not to leave music behind and carry it on with me as I pursue a degree in medicine to become a physician scientist and do medical research in a lab.

 

 

Name, Alexis Nicolas, 5 years with YSO

School: Hirschi High School

Grade: 11

Instrument: Violin, 10 years

What do you like about playing your instrument? Without it, I wouldn’t have met the most amazing friends and teachers.

What is your favorite thing about YSO? I love being able to play in a full orchestra setting as well as being with peers who share the same love of music as me.

What is your favorite musical piece or composer? I like the Bruch Concerto No. 1, especially movement number 3.

What are your future goals? I want to become an engineer (but still keep playing the violin!).