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Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to Perform at Opening Night of the OMEA Professional Development Conference in Columbus


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DAYTON, OH (January 31, 2014) – The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (DPYO), under the direction of Conductor Dr. Patrick Reynolds, has been selected to perform at the 2014 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. in the Delaware Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

The 2014 OMEA Professional Development Conference is scheduled for February 6-8, 2014 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Expected to attract more than 2,500 music educators from around the state, the convention is annually one of the largest state music education conferences in the United States. The DPYO is one of only four ensembles selected to perform on opening night of the conference.

To be selected, school, college and community ensembles of band, choir and orchestra groups from all around the state of Ohio were invited to submit performance recordings, which were judged blindly by a panel of OMEA representatives. Out of hundreds of audition submissions, only thirty-nine ensembles were invited to perform at this year’s conference. DPYO has been selected each time they have submitted an audition application, and this performance will mark the fourth time they have been invited to perform at the OMEA Conference, with past OMEA Conference performances in Cincinnati in 2002, in Cleveland in 2004, and in Columbus in 2006.

“I am so proud to share the stage with the DPYO at this year's OMEA Professional Development Conference. The members of our youth orchestra represent high schools and home schools from all around our region. The high level of talent in our organization says very good things about the extraordinary level of musical instruction they are receiving in their own schools and from their private teacher,” said Dr. Patrick Reynolds, DPYO Conductor. “We are very fortunate that these talented young musicians come together under the name Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The entire community should be very proud.”

The DPYO is comprised of 93 students from 31 Dayton area schools. This talented group of musicians will be performing a full program at the OMEA Professional Development Conference, including Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar, Kenesis by Austin Jaquith, and five Hungarian Sketches by Bela Bartok.

“There is no higher honor that an ensemble can be awarded in the state of Ohio,” explained Rodney Tolliver, Co-Chair of the 2014 OMEA Professional Development Conference. “The OMEA is actively involved in the support of music education from pre-K through high school, college, and really throughout the entire life of each student in Ohio. Being chosen to represent a student’s school or community is a fantastic opportunity for every ensemble selected, to truly showcase their talent to music educators from across the entire state.”

About the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Reynolds 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 Conductor

Now in his 16th season with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. 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 Ohio Music Education Association

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the third largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.8 million public school students in 612 public school districts and 51 colleges and universities in Ohio. The mission of OMEA is to foster a spirit of collaboration for the mutual benefit of all aspects of music education.

OMEA advocates for comprehensive school programs in general, instrumental, and choral music education, state and national music standards, with assessment to ensure that students meet high academic expectations, and licensed teachers, adequate instructional time, and appropriate facilities and materials for music programs statewide.

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 also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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