Congratulations to the OPYO students who tried out for the 2015 All Region Orchestra on All Hallows Eve and made it! This year's event was successfully hosted by Jesse Collett at Bentonville High School. Can't wait to hear the boo-ti-ful music at the November 14th concert at Fayetteville High School. I am so proud of all our young musicians who challenged themselves and tried out. Their dedication will be the foundation of future musical and personal growth. If there are any students who would be interested in going to the concert in November to cheer their fellow musicians on just let me know and we will make plans to go together!
Andrea Abarca (18th Concert Violin)
Isabella Adams (1st Cadet Violin)
Charlie Agnacian (1st Cadet Bass)
Emily Graham (5th Cadet Violin)
Timothy Jones (22nd Cadet Violin)
Jasmine Lee (16th Cadet Violin)
Jakob Lemmon (2nd Concert Alt Cello)
Brett Shadduck (8th Cadet Viola)
Hailee Dyer (5th Concert Violin)
Jake Fennell (7th Concert Violin)
Caroline Irwin (8th Concert Violin)
Jessica Kuykendall (22nd Concert Violin)
Will Nagel (24th Concert Violin)
Sonya Welloffman (10th Concert Cello)
Lily Agnacian (4th Concert Cello)
Tanner Burgess (8th Concert Bass)
Grace Clark (1st Symphonic Viola)
McKay Clark (6th Symphonic Bass)
Beau Cross (6th Symphonic Viola)
William Cross (4th Concert Bass)
Jenelle Edwards (4th Symphonic Alternate)
Kahley Mitchell (1st Concert Flute)
Liam O’Dell (1st Concert Bass)
Layne Rogers (1st Symphonic Cello)
Jackson Springman (3rd Cadet Violin)
Inga Welloffman (9th Symphonic Violin)
Jacob White (2nd Symphonic Viola)
OPYO Parents come on out and support our young musicians at the first Parents Guild meeting of the season scheduled for Monday, November 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Annex building at the Arkansas Arts Academy. There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes at OPYO, and we couldn't keep smiling without the help of all our dedicated parents! You truly are the wind beneath our wings! A special thank you to President Elect-Susan Jones, VP Elect-Kim Kendrick, Treasurer-Patty Barnham, and Secretary Elect-Kelly Clark for volunteering to serve on the board. On the agenda for this meeting; 1) to get the new slate of officers elected, and 2) to start working on the Winter Concert.
Our first rehearsal in our new home at the Arkansas Arts Academy! It was as chaotic as any move, and maybe even more so, since it involved moving a 100+ student orchestra across town, but the excitement and enthusiasm were strong, and everyone pitched in to make the transition a success. Thanks to all the parents who helped move chairs, direct students, and helped organize parent groups. Thanks to all our conductors who evaluated their spaces and made adjustments based on their students' best interests. Music Director David Barg moved YSO from the cafeteria to the gymnasium and was rewarded with amazing full philharmonic sound, Presto Conductor Jesse Collett decided to try the newly vacant Cafeteria next week for more wiggle room, and Conductor Jenny Castillo has decided to stay in the choir room. A big thanks as well to the Arkansas Arts Academy for opening up their entire campus to us!
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!