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Tufts Youth Philharmonic

* New program for Fall '13 – Launches Friday, September 20, 2013

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

Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm, beginning on September 20
$350 per semester
Calendar (2013-2014) >

The Tufts Youth Philharmonic, open to advanced high-school age students, will nurture 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 will give each member of the orchestra individual, sectional, and full orchestral rehearsal/performance levels in one comprehensive experience. The coaches will 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 will rehearse in the state-of-the-art Granoff Music Center on the Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus. Performances will 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 first year include Shostakovich Festival Overture, Beethoven Symphony No. 5, and Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


First Semester:
September 20, 27
October 4, 18, 25 – no rehearsal October 11 (Columbus Day weekend)
November 1, 8, 15, 22 – no rehearsal November 29 (Thanksgiving)
December 6, 13, 20 – no rehearsal December 27 or January 3
January 10, 17, 24
Friday, January 24, 2014: Tufts Youth Philharmonic Concert, 7:30pm

Second Semester:
January 31
February 7, 14, 28 – no rehearsal February 21 (public school winter break)
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 25 – no rehearsal April 18 (public school spring break)
May 2, 9
Friday, May 9, 2014: 7:30pm – Tufts Youth Philharmonic Concert