Musicians Chosen for Elite Orchestras

Only elite musicians are chosen to be a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. For the 2018-2019 season, three CJ students were selected for this opportunity.

Libby Blackshire ‘20 (trumpet), Lily Davis ‘21 (cello) , and Anna Mussin Phillips ‘21 (flute and piccolo) have been playing their respective instruments for several years. They each had different reasons behind their motivation to participate in the orchestra..

“I heard about it from one of my friends, but I've always wanted to experience playing orchestral music, as the genre is completely different from anything I might play in the marching band or a concert band,” Blackshire said. “Getting the chance to be surrounded by more than 90 other skilled musicians and making music together is an enchanting experience.”

“I was interested in joining because it's a great learning experience to make me a better player and I want to play in a Philharmonic when I graduate college,” Mussin Phillips noted.

“I started in the Dayton Philharmonic Junior Strings, the first year it started in 2014,” Davis shared. “I first became interested because my lesson teacher, Dr. Linda Katz, encouraged me to audition. I wanted to join DPYO this year because I had spent two years in Junior Strings, two years in Youth Strings, and I wanted to move up to the bigger orchestra.”
As part of their experience, the students will perform as a whole orchestra three times throughout the school year.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge that comes with playing orchestra music,” Blackshire said. “It is such a different experience listening to orchestral music and playing it, and I know I'm going to have to work hard in order to keep up with DPYO.”

Davis agreed, “I am most looking forward to playing harder music, playing with my friends, making new friends, and being part of the large orchestra.”

Mussin Phillips added, “I am really grateful to have gotten in and I'm so excited for this opportunity. Also, I'm super excited to perform at the Schuster Center!”

In addition to their local performances, the orchestra was chosen to perform at the Ohio Music Education Association conference in Cleveland in January 2019. This the first time the orchestra has been invited to perform at this conference since 2006.

Davis was also selected to perform with the OMEA 2018 Southwest Region Orchestra. The 80 member orchestra consists of the violins, violas, cellos, basses and harps. They will perform at Hamilton High School on Sunday, November 18.

Debi Schutt, director of performing arts, reflected, “In gaining membership into both the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as well as the Region Orchestra, these students have the opportunity to broaden their experiences in larger ensembles and challenge themselves as musicians as they perform and interact with other top high school musicians from across the regional area.”

Posted September 18, 2018