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Tufts Youth Philharmonic


Conductor: Professor John Page
Sectional coaches: Emil Altschuler, Kristian Baverstam, Meghan Carye, Will Myers

Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm
$350 per semester
Calendar (2014-2015) >

The Tufts Youth Philharmonic, open to advanced high-school age students, nurtures every aspect of each orchestra member's development, with individual attention and strong group camaraderie. Rehearsals run each Friday from 4:00-6:30 p.m., including sectionals and full orchestra sessions. This unique structure gives each member of the orchestra individual, sectional, and full orchestral rehearsal/performance levels in one comprehensive experience. The coaches provide individual and group feedback, playing alongside the students in the full orchestra rehearsals, and offering assistance and encouragement every step of the way.

Award-winning conductor and Tufts Director of Orchestral Activities, John Page, has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory (preparatory division and college) and Boston University, and has acted as Assistant Conductor to the Boston Philharmonic. Mr. Page is also Music Director of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra in New Hampshire and the PARMA Orchestra; he conducted the double platinum-winning PBS show, Celtic Woman, and has traveled the US twice with the group on their Symphony Tour, conducting over a dozen orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Colorado Symphony.

The Tufts Youth Philharmonic rehearses in the state-of-the-art Granoff Music Center on the Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus. Performances take place in Distler Performance Hall in the Granoff Music Center, the finest small recital hall in the Boston area. The Philharmonic is the newest addition to the rich offerings of Community Music at Tufts.

Repertoire Plans for the second year will include Schubert Symphony no. 8, first movement, and Star Wars Suite for Orchestra by John Williams.


First Semester (Fall 2014):
September 19, 26
October 3, 17, 24, 31 – no rehearsal October 10 (Columbus Day weekend)
November 7, 14, 21 – no rehearsal November 28 (Thanksgiving)
December 5, 12, 19 – no rehearsal December 26 or January 2
January 9, 16, 23
Friday, January 23, 2015: Tufts Youth Philharmonic Concert, 7:30pm

Second Semester (Spring 2015):
January 30
February 6, 13, 27 – no rehearsal February 20 (public school winter break)
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17 – no rehearsal April 24 (public school spring break)
May 1, 8
Friday, May 8, 2015:  Tufts Youth Philharmonic Concert, 7:30pm