Douglas Baldwin

As a MYO parent, I’ve had the unbridled pleasure of hearing more great live classical and contemporary orchestral music in the past three years than I had in the previous three decades. Furthermore, the opportunity for my son to play with the best fellow musicians of his age group on a regular basis – not just as a once-a-year event or two-week workshop – has

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August Chen

It has become almost a habit to pack up the violin and music, grab a pencil and some dinner, and hustle toward the car every Tuesday night for the past four years. MYO for me was divided into three parts, Concert Orchestra with Ms. Ho, Symphony Orchestra with Mrs. Koppeis, and Principal Orchestra with Mr. Stickley. Every step of the way, from Tchaikovsky to Ravel, playing music

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Isabel Coelho

MYO is such a great opportunity for any young musician. Since my daughter Chelsea joined, she has become more confident not only in her musicality but in her daily life. Being part of a group of such talented musicians only makes you better and encourages you to excel. I am overwhelmed by the professionalism and friendliness of the MYO staff.  They provide a safe, positive

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Kyra Faragasso

Since auditioning in fourth grade, MYO has become a treasured part of my life. As a vocalist and violinist, I have the opportunity to join other students who love and live their music. MYO is a wonderful and extraordinary gift that has helped me to grow, both as a person and a musician. I cherish the privilege of being taught by extraordinary instructors and performing

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Talia Fernandez

My MYO tour to China in the summer of 2014 was an experience I will remember for my entire life. For two weeks, I saw spectacular sights and visited amazing places like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Dragon Lady’s Summer Palace, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. I was able to play in concert, and hear Chinese orchestras in concert as

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Shoshana Hershkowitz

I joined the MYO family in 2013 as the conductor for the newly formed Suffolk Youth Chorale, a mixed choral ensemble for grades 9-12. In the two years that I have worked with SYC, I’ve enjoyed watching the singers evolve into a group of musicians who sing with precision and emotional integrity. I love sharing incredible music with the choir, getting to know the students,

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Lorenzo Jordan

MYO has truly been a wonderful experience that has led to me participating in an array of ensembles and shows. Not only did it help me develop as a better singer, it also opened the door for me to become a part of the opera world. MYO helped me get my foot in the door and participate in the Light Opera of New Jersey, the

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Jacquelyn Lee

MYO is a singular experience that provided me the opportunity to express myself through music. I have been in MYO for four years and have learned so much throughout this time. I started in the Treble Choir with Mr. Knapp, where singing involved the fundamentals of song. In Mrs. Purrone’s Concert Choir, I learned not to just sing for myself, but to create music as

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The Leventhal Family

A place for our souls to soar

MYO is something we adore

Meeting new friends is such fun

Working together we are all one

Lines and dots on a page

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Thomas Loomis

It has been an honor to be a founding member of the Suffolk Youth Chorale under the direction of Shoshana Hershkowitz. In the past two years, I have been introduced to wonderful musicians and opportunities. Performing at renowned venues like Carnegie Hall, LeFrak Concert Hall, and Stony Brook Staller Center was amazing. Singing the National Anthem at ball games and participating in the Concerto and

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Sarah Mirro

To be a member of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra is to be a part of something very special.  It is a privilege to be surrounded by so many talented and kind students, as well as adults, each week.  I couldn’t think of any better way to spend my Thursday nights than being at MYO choir rehearsal.  The musical selections are always fun and challenging, which

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Constance Mulford

What I’ve enjoyed most about playing in the MYO ensembles is the great experience of meeting excellent musicians from all over Long Island and solidifying long lasting friendships. Each rehearsal, it’s enriching to learn how to play as an ensemble and to read through plenty of challenging repertoire. You begin to feel more and more like a family as the MYO season progresses. And year

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Edward P. Norris III

It is such a humbling experience to work with some of the best young vocalists on Long Island. Watching the faces of my students as they come in to rehearsal and we begin is priceless. Watching them listen to new repertoire and get excited to rehearse is such a gratifying feeling. The best part about being a MYO conductor however, is that feeling we all

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Harry Petropoulos

For the past two years I have been a member in MYO as a percussionist. I have looked forward to every practice knowing I would learn something new and exciting. Each practice helped me develop techniques and deeper knowledge of my instrument and how it works with the rest of the symphony. I have always been a percussionist but never with such devotion as I

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Phil Preddice

The music of MYO is History, Language, Math, Science and the Humanities all wrapped up in a wonderful package which stands firm on its own base. Music is everywhere, an art form whose intrinsic value is measurable and at times indescribable – leaving us speechless to applaud the emotions it creates. MYO is the vehicle of the future – a concept car, developed by musicians

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Kerri Rinaldi

MYO has been a part of our family for the past two years. It has given Caitlin a wonderful opportunity. It’s refreshing to see her doing what she truly enjoys. She has matured musically and her confidence has grown. She has also made some amazing friendships which I definitely see outlasting her MYO tenure. I am such a strong believer in MYO that I have

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Kristopher Saint-Louis

My time in the MYO Chamber Chorale has been truly splendid. I have grown tremendously with the help of Edward Norris, Cara Brown, and my fellow musicians. As an artist, the Chamber Chorale fulfills my need for a musical challenge every week. As a student of the arts, I am pushed to learn rigorous repertoire with other talented peers; it feels like a family. MYO

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Katlyn Smith

My name is Katlyn and I started playing music when I was six years old. I was so very happy when I auditioned for MYO and was accepted as the youngest ever to join the orchestra at the age of seven. One of the great things about MYO is that I get to play with great conductors and talented children of all ages who are

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Scott Stickley

As Music Director, I am always excited by the MYO experience, in rehearsal and in concert. The oboe sounds the “A”, the Nassau Principal Orchestra tunes and then, the downbeat. The musicians of the orchestra express, embrace, and explore the wonderful dramas of composers such as Beethoven, Dvořák, Mahler, Gershwin, Shostakovich and Berlioz. These experiences leave an indelible musical mark that former MYO players tell

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Joseph Yun

MYO is an indescribable experience. You play with some of the most talented musicians in your county. Through MYO, I have performed in colleges, prestigious concert halls and sports stadiums. MYO has given me chances that I could have never imagined. It transforms the idea of music. My musical repertoire through MYO has ranged between Mozart to Prokofiev. The most important thing I’ve learned, however,

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