The Homer Foundation 2015 Annual Meeting

[metaslider id=1948] Members of the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club perform during The Homer Foundation’s meet and greet time during their 2015 annual meeting. The Homer Foundation and Youth Advisory Council provided financial support for a weekend workshop with Dr. Gail Johansen, director of Fairbanks Suzuki Institute. Master classes and clinics at all levels where … Read moreThe Homer Foundation 2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Suzuki Workshop

[masterslider id=”2″]   On the weekend of Feb. 27-29, 14 dedicated young musicians, aged 6 to 17, gathered at West Homer Elementary School for a workshop conducted by the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC). The popular instructor, Dr. Gail Johansen, director of Fairbanks Suzuki Institute, presented Master classes and clinics at all levels for … Read more2015 Suzuki Workshop

Youth Orchestra to play with symphony | Homer Tribune

Youth Orchestra to play with symphony By Cindy Tapia Homer Tribune “We are here to stay,” said Lisa Whip, of the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club. Whip is the parent organizer and visionary for the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club, which started three years ago to provide local Homer youth with orchestral opportunities. The Homer … Read moreYouth Orchestra to play with symphony | Homer Tribune

Youth string together beginning orchestra

Ignoring the smells of lunch filling Homer Middle School’s hallways, nine students gather daily around Tia Pietsch and keep their focus on the task at hand — becoming skilled violin and cello musicians and shaping themselves into the Homer Youth String Orchestra Club. With instruction from Pietsch, support from Homer Foundation, encouragement of Homer Middle School personnel and the commitment of the students’ parents, they are doing just that.

“These kids are amazing and fantastic to work with,” Pietsch said. “Everybody goes, ‘Oh, junior highers.’ But they’re great. They have great attitudes. Definitely, if we can give them these opportunities, they’ll be fantastic string players. And they like it. They obviously like it.”

The nine members of the orchestra club, all middle school-age, have been studying music for two to five years in spite of having had no consistent string instructor in the area and little hope of having it taught through the school district.