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DAYTON, OH (February 26, 2013) – Calling all student musicians! The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is pleased to announce auditions and two concert dates for the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings.

“Each year, our Youth Orchestras offer talented, young musicians the opportunity to perform fine orchestral literature and further develop their musical talents, said Gloria Pugh, Director of Education for the DPAA. “Working with professional musicians, the culmination will be three concert performances by the Youth Orchestra and two concerts by the Youth Strings."

Audition dates for both orchestras are April 13, 14, May 4 and 11 for the 2013-2014 Season at Reichard Hall at the University of Dayton. To schedule an audition time, applicants must phone the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at (937) 224-3521 ext. 1136 or ext. 1118.

The Youth Strings will perform their Spring Concert on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North in Dayton and feature works by William Boyce, Beethoven and David Stone. Admission is free but tickets must be reserved by calling (937) 224-3521 ext. 1136.

“Opening the Youth Strings concert on March 10 will be music from the court of Queen Elizabeth I, played in Renaissance style. Another offering from Great Britain is Boyce's Symphony #1, a baroque masterpiece,” said Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, Youth Strings conductor. “Closing the program is a Miniature Quartet by David Stone, a living composer and educator from England. His style is tonal, yet graced with 20th century flavors of dissonance and impressionism.”

For the first time in its history, the Youth Strings will perform music of Beethoven, the scherzo movement from his string quartet in C Minor, filled with interplay between all the sections of the orchestra. The melancholic Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana will feature both piano and the organ of the Renaissance Auditorium along with the strings. This favorite from the operatic repertoire has one of the most spiritually soaring melodies from the Romantic period.

The Youth Orchestra will present their Family Concert on March 17 at 3 p.m. in the Schuster Center with guest performance troupe Magic Circle Mime Company. Ticket prices are $12 for students, $17 for seniors and $19 for adults and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at

“The DPYO always enjoys guest performers,” said Youth Orchestra Conductor Dr. Patrick Reynolds. “The program – Orchestra from Planet X -- is wonderfully diverse, with exciting percussion parts, and some of the most challenging repertoire we've ever put together for a Family Concert. We began working on this music during our campout weekend at Camp Kern, an intensive retreat during which we rehearse for many hours, but also have lots of time for fun as well. It's a great bonding time for the youth orchestra, and extremely valuable for learning the repertoire for the Family Concert.

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is currently celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season and will hold its Spring Concert on May 5 at 3 p.m. in the Schuster Center.


About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is made up of 102 members from 24 area schools and is under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds. The orchestra brings together the greater Dayton area’s most gifted young orchestra musicians, providing the opportunity to study and perform a broad range of orchestral repertoire. The DPYO is committed to inspiring an overall cultural awareness and appreciation of music in its members and audiences. Founded in 1937 by Paul Katz, the DPYO is one of the nation’s oldest youth orchestras.

The DPYO performs 3 concerts each season and was invited to perform at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ohio Music Education Association conferences. The DPYO also appears regularly on the DPO Family Concert Series.

DPYO is supported by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and  the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association. The DPYO is affiliated with the Youth Orchestra Division of the American Symphony Orchestra League.

About the DPYO Conductor
Now in his 15th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick Reynolds conducts over two-dozen performances with the DPO each season, including Magic Carpet, SPARK – School Partners with Artists Reaching Kids – and Young People's concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area.
In addition he has conducted the DPO in Classical and Chamber subscription concerts, as well as Pops and summer concerts. Reynolds is in his 13th season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Modesto (CA), Annapolis (MD), Arlington (VA), Queens (NY) and High Mountain (NJ) symphony orchestras, and the Starling Project at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Patrick Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music. He is an Associate Professor of Music on the faculty of the University of Dayton.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings
Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grades 6 through 12. The Youth Strings consists of 67 students representing 28 different schools from the Greater Dayton area.

Students in the Junior String Orchestra perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Youth Strings often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Conductor
Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1978 and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1980 under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin perform from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2000, where her principal teachers were Naoka Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Shirley Givens at the Aspen Music Festival is also one of her principal teachers.

Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the DPO, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. Since 1991, Betsey has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley. Betsey is on the faculty of Wittenberg University as a violin and viola instructor and maintains a private studio in Oakwood. 

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