The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, known for its highly successful orchestral training program for young musicians, topped off its greatly successful performance 30th anniversary season with merit scholarship and grant awards to member musicians totaling over $15,000.00. Through the years, the organization has provided more than $125,000 to its young musicians to augment their music education and pursuits.
Director Awards for wind and percussion instruments were earned by Abby Bracken (oboe) and Cameron Slack (trumpet), and the Director Awards for string instruments were earned by Brooke Gunter (violin) and Eric Lora (cello). The Director Awards are merit awards presented for musicianship and leadership within the orchestra. This year’s featured concerto competition winner was Shane Savage, bassist.
Merit scholarships in the wind section were awarded to *Cameron Slack (trumpet), Alex Cooper (trumpet), John Miavez (bassoon), Kyla Marquardt (percussion), and Morgan O’Neil (clarinet). Merit scholarships in the string section were awarded to Zahava Misshula (violin), Khalia Mesquita (violin), Leif Clark (cello), Allison Jasper (harp), and Aubrey Flink (cello).
Grants for continuing music education were presented to Dalton Berner, Abby Bracken, Sophie Bracken, Angela Charles, Spencer Clark, Sarah Foster, Paris Lopez, Andrew Lopez, Andrea Lora, Kyla Marquardt, Ashlynn McNerney, Zahava Misshula, Emma Niemczyk, Morgan O’Neil, Sarah Paprotna, Jules Phen, Kyle Ramos, *Zachary Rondeau, Catherine Sager, Edward Sager, Phebe Sager, Svetlana Stephens, Charlotte Strohl, and *Diego Teran.
The orchestra’s season included performances at the The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College, the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts in Vero Beach, and the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta. This year’s concerts were MEMORABLE SOLOS last fall and PRINCESS DREAMS this spring. For a third year, the season included a sold-out performance by the popular Beatles tribute band, McCartney Mania with the Academy Orchestra, and a 30th anniversary celebratory concert with a very special performance of Rachmaninoff’s RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI featuring highly acclaimed, award-winning concert pianist, Lindsey Garritson and the Academy Orchestra. The Academy Orchestra is the youth symphony’s own mentoring orchestra for its advanced musicians.
The mission of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is to provide challenging experiences in orchestral and individual performance for student musicians, to broaden their technical skills and artistic expression, to instill professionalism, and to enhance enjoyment of the musical talents individually and for their audiences. Thanks to the focus and dedication of the young musicians of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, a repertoire of the world’s greatest music, the excitement and enthusiasm of local audiences, the generosity of private individual, business, and organizational benefactors, and the many hours of volunteered professional time by the conductors and administrators, this thriving organization is able to continue its mission as one of the finest performing arts organizations for youth on the Treasure Coast and Florida.
The Treasure Coast Youth Symphony is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c) (3)
organization and is composed of the most talented student musicians from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and northern Palm Beach counties. The conductors of the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony are Dr. John Enyart (founder), Mr. Ben Enyart and Mr. Thomas Servinsky.