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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Will Perform Fall Concert at Dayton Art Institute

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON OH -- (October 18, 2013) The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings, conducted by Dr. Betsey Hofeldt, will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the Dayton Art Institute’s Renaissance Theater, 456 Belmonte Park North. This season the Youth Strings comprises 71 students in grades 6 thru 12, the largest in its history, from 33 area schools.

Tickets are $5 in advance and can be reserved by calling (937) 224-3521, ext. 1136, and $8 at the door. Students under 17 and Museum members are free but need a ticket.

Highlights of the concert will include Michael Haydn’s Sinfonia, with its sparkling interplay between violin sections and is filled with optimism of the new classical style. Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G features seven violin and cello soloists. “This multi movement concerto has great contrast between and within each movement. The sparse solo sections contrasting with the rich, full orchestral movements are typical of the Baroque period,” said Hofeldt.

DPYO musicians attend the following schools or are home-schooled: Beavercreek High School, Centerville High School, Chaminade-Julienne, Dayton Christian School, DeColores Montessori (Greenville), Fairfield High School, Fairmont High School, Ferguson Middle School, Franklin Junior High School, Greenville High School, Hadley Watts Middle School, Harman Elementary, Incarnation School, Jacob Coy Middle School, Kettering Middle School, Lehman Catholic (Sidney), Magsig Middle School, Miami Valley School, Northmont High School, Oakwood High School, St. Patrick (Troy), Springboro Junior High and High School, Tipp City High School, Tri-County North Middle School, Troy High School and Stivers School for the Arts.

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. Rehearsals are every Sunday and the musicians perform a Fall and Spring concert as well additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events. Membership in the orchestra is through competitive audition.

About the 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.

About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.  
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