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October 2, 2014

Youth orchestra students

Three BH-BL students accepted into the Empire State Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to BH-BL students Carly DeLeonardo (Repertory Orchestra, Clarinet), Aubrey Dunn (Wind Orchestra, Trumpet), and Megan Halm (Repertory Orchestra, Cello) for being accepted into the Empire State Youth Orchestras this season.

Empire State Youth Orchestras’ audition process is rigorous and students must demonstrate clear artistic and technical skill in order to be accepted.

"I extend my congratulations not only to your students for their achievement, but especially to the BH-BL music staff for providing the training and experience these young musicians need to succeed. I truly appreciate your dedication to your students and the ongoing support and inspiration that you give them," said Rebecca Calos Executive Director
Empire State Youth Orchestras.

Each season, more than 300 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of ESYO’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles. With approximately thirty public performances each season, ESYO musicians experience the joy of playing in a variety of venues including Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and the Massry Center. ESYO’s Youth Orchestra has toured Europe four times and, in 2012, performed by invitation at the World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea, as well as at major concert halls in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Our ensembles have performed in festivals, on NPR’s “From the Top,” and had exchanges with other youth music groups.

ESYO has a prominent role in the cultural life of the Capital Region. Over the years, thousands of young school children have been introduced to the workings of an orchestra at ESYO's annual Young People's Concert; senior citizens enjoy hearing the orchestra at our annual free Concert for Seniors. Many area residents grew up attending the Melodies of Christmas concerts that feature ESYO's flagship ensemble, the Youth Orchestra; now these folks are bringing their own children. Produced by CBS 6 (Albany, these concerts benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, located at Albany Medical Center. In 2013, ESYO was recognized for its outstanding contribution as a vital economic force in the region by the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council.