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

Fall Concert

We have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our Fall Concert this year. In conjunction with students from McNeil school, our groups will be playing selections with the KPO through the Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up program. The program is funded through a Carnegie Hall grant obtained by Debbie Piper at McNeil School. Please take a moment to thank … Read moreFall Concert

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.