|Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestras|
The Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra kicked off its 2016 Spring Season on Monday, January 12th at the Arkansas Arts Academy. Orchestras were at capacity with new and returning music students. The group had auditioned 18 students the day before and was happy to fill open positions with talented musicians from all over Northwest Arkansas and Missouri. Andante was buzzing with excitement as Mrs. Castillo handed out new music and told her class they would be allowed to choose one of the pieces for the spring concert. Presto warmly welcomed new students (a few who had moved up from Andante and some new to OPYO), and then got to work with Mr. Collett demonstrating on his viola. Under the artistic leadership of Mr. Barg, YSO tackled Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian” and then friends caught up with each other after being off for the break. I enjoyed meeting all of our new parents and students, and welcoming so many familiar faces who have become friends back to the orchestra. It looks to be a season filled with the promise of spring!
Hello my name is Chari Cross, and I am excited to take on the role of OPYO Manager! I will be writing this blog (My Cavatina) to share what's going on behind the scenes at OPYO. I have been involved with the arts since studying classical ballet at age 8, have played acoustic guitar, and love to express my artistic vision through photography. I also have a BBA from the University of Michigan, am a General Motors Corporation alum and have two sons in YSO, and one at the U of A. In my free time I enjoy playing in the dirt and creating lasting beauty with the Benton County Master Gardeners which I have done for the past 15 years, writing poetry, and researching my family geneology. The arts have always provided me with nourishment for my soul, and I am filled with gratitude to be able to connect with others who share in this love that transcends the linear aspect of time as well as an amalgam of diverse artisic mediums and cultures, and pass it on!