|Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestras|
I really enjoyed getting to meet all of the young musicians and parents at our first rehearsal this past Monday! Thank you to the parents who helped sign students in and collect tuition; Jody Agnacian, Susan Jones, Shelly Odell, and Karen Scott we couldn't have done it without you! Also a special thanks to Tami Murphy and Margaret Bartell for their tireless support. Music Director & Conductor David Barg first loosened his students up with some stretching and then challenged them with Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Conductor Jesse Collett worked with his Presto musicians on form and technique while Conductor Jenny Castillo had fun with her Andante students and agreed to take a group photo for me on the lawn. I saw many young musicians give each other welcome back hugs, and make new friends. At the end of the evening there was an aura of accomplishment and excitement as players packed up, and parent volunteers helped with cleanup. Thanks to Angelique Edmondson and Theresa Fennell for helping with the cleanup! I am looking forward to a season filled with fun and learning.
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!