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Volume 2, Number 2 Spring 2013 www.gbyo.




Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras Alumni Newsletter

The annual GBYO Golf Classic is upon us! Please consider joining us for golf, lunch and dinner at the beautiful Whitney Farms Golf Course, 175 Shelton Road in Monroe. A beautiful day of golf, while supporting a great cause. No experience necessary! The schedule for the day is as follows:

10 AM Noon 5 PM 6 PM

Registration and Putting Contest/Lunch Shotgun Tee-Off Cocktails Dinner and Raffle

Golf, lunch and dinner $250 per person; dinner only, $150. Silent auction items gratefully accepted; sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact GBYO Vice President Dan Slattery for details at

SPRING CONCERT Sunday May 19 at the Klein GBYO-KEYS Debut!

Aspirational is the only word to describe this years Spring Concert. The bill will feature, as always, all five GBYO Ensembles (String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Principal Orchestra). In addition, this concert will also debut the new GBYO-KEYS Ensemble, a non-audition group made up of string players from the Bridgeport School System (see also GBYOAN volume 2, number 1). The program has been a great success, not only retaining students, but in bringing forward new talent for our regular ensembles. Several GBYO-KEYS students have already transitioned into our String Orchestra program!

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The Spring Concert is also the commencement ceremony for our next group of alumni, this years high school seniors. Always a great moment, our seniors graduate before Principal Orchestras performance; their intended colleges and musical honors will be listed in the concert program. This years seniors are headed to Bard College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brown, CalTech, Dickinson, Duke, Gettysburg, University of Hartford/Hartt School, Harvard, University of Maine, Quinnipiac, Swarthmore, Tufts, UConn, Vanderbilt, University of Virginia and others quite an accomplished group! The Spring Concert will take place Sunday afternoon, May 19 at 3 PM, at the beautiful Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Christopher Hisey, GBYO Music Director, will conduct the Principal Orchestra in Intermezzo from Hary Janos (Kodaly), Peer Gynt Suite (Grieg), Hoe Down from Rodeo (Copeland), and Japanese Maple by Composition Competition winner and former GBYO violinist, Alyssa Rodriguez. The Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Carrie Mascaro, will perform Light Cavalry Overture (von Suppe), Prelude No. 1 from La Traviata (Verdi), and the fourth movement of Shostakovichs Symphony No. 5 (arr. Stephen Bulla). Erica Messina in a dual role will conduct both the Concert Orchestra and the GBYO-KEYS ensemble. Concert will play the finale from Mozarts Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" (arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle), the Grand March from Tannhuser (Richard Wagner, arr. Vernon F. Leidig), and the Israeli traditional Hatikvah The Hope Traditional (arr. Elliot Del Borgo). GBYO-KEYS, in its debut, will honor educator and longtime GBYO conductor Dorothy Straub , performing her Simple Square Dance, as well as The Russian Music Box by Soon Hee Newbold, and Simple Gifts (arr. John Higgins). Alumni are cordially invited to attend. Tickets are $15/$10 for seniors, available in advance by check (see address below) or at the door. Come see the GBYO of today!


Help us find alumni! This will be a great help in planning future reunions and concerts. This month s featured Lost Alumni are, from the early days (Connecticut Youth Orchestra): Charles Allen French horn 61-64, from Fairfield; Richard Allen clarinet 61-64, from Fairfield; Charles Ruggiero percussionist 64; Jonathan and Lawrence Pareles, clarinet; Ruth Shepherd oboe 61-63; Sharon Vail violin 63-64. From the seventies: Richard Boyd trombone 72-74 (plus Jazz Ensemble), from Bridgeport/Trumbull; Judy Dunn violinist 72-74, from Bridgeport; Ray LaRoche tuba 70-71; Janet Weaver flute 71-74, from Trumbull; James Wityak trumpet 70-74 and John Wityak clarinet 70-74, both from Seymour. From the eighties and nineties: Brian Chamberlain trumpet from Trumbull; Sara Levine oboe late 80s/early 90s, from Trumbull; Abraham and Leonard Lin from Westport. If you know where any of these former GBYO musicians are now, please let us know so that we can keep them up to date about GBYO.

How about . . .
. . . a new feature for the GBYOAN: Alumni News Notes. Do you have any news youd like to share with alumni? Do you know of alumni whod like to share their accomplishmen ts and stories with the GBYO community? Send in your news (and include photos, if you wish) and well be glad to publish it here.

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Fathers Day Books Benefit GBYO

For the second year in a row, GBYO is partnering with Barnes & Noble Booksellers nationwide for what GBYO President Dave Muller calls The No-Brainer Fundraiser. By using the ID number in the coupon below, Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage (from 5% to 20%, depending on item) to GBYO! Just in time for Fathers Day, if you choose to purchase books or music or anything Barnes and Noble sells at any location nationwide or on-line, youll be making a contribution to GBYO. On-line purchases can be made any time between June 9 and June 14. Please forward this coupon to any bibliophiles you know, nationwide, and their purchases on these dates will benefit youth and music in Fairfield county. This is an easy and enjoyable way to support GBYO. If youre in the neighborhood, come down to the Westport Barnes & Noble store on the Post Road on Sunday, June 9 between 10 AM and 3 PM and be serenaded by GBYO musicians!

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GBYO depends on the support of its families, past and present. Your contributions can help to fund programs and ease the burden on families strapped by the current recession. Please consider a donation, so that GBYO can continue its positive influence on the lives of young musicians for the next 50 years. Visit our website for details, or contact Mark Halstead, Alumni Coordinator, at or (203)372-2724. Please visit GBYO is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and your donation is taxdeductible.

If you would like to receive further issues of The GBYOAN, or would like to know more about upcoming concerts and events, please contact us via our website at www., under the Alumni tab or fill out the information form below and mail to GBYO, P.O. Box 645, Fairfield, CT 06825-0645, attention Alumni Affairs.
Name:_____________________________________________ Years in CYO/GBSYO/GBYO:__________ Telephone:(____)_____-________ Address:____________________________________________ City:____________________________ Email:_________________________________

Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, Inc.

PO Box 645 Fairfield, CT 06825-0645