YOSA Concerto Competition winner to perform with San Antonio Symphony

YOSA Concerto Competition winner to perform with San Antonio Symphony

Chris Gokelman is the winner of the 2014/15 YOSA Concerto Competition and will perform William Walton’s Viola Concerto with the San Antonio Symphony on January 18, 2015. Chris currently studies with Allyson Dawkins, Principal Violist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is a past student of Christopher Parsons, has studied with Roger Myers at the University of Texas at Austin, and has participated in a master class with Peter Slowik of Oberlin Conservatory.

Chris is a senior at St. Anthony Catholic High School and has been playing the viola for nearly six years. He has been a part of YOSA since 2009, serving as Principal Violist for both the YOSA Sinfonietta Strings and YOSA Symphony Orchestras and as the current Principal for the YOSA Philharmonic, of which he has been a member for four years. During his time with the YOSA Philharmonic, Chris has performed alongside notable soloists Edgar Meyer, Abdiel Vázquez, Richard Stoltzman, Tracy Silverman, Kenji Bunch, Christopher O’Riley, and Branford Marsalis (in February 2015), and has played with YOSA during the 2012 England and Wales Tour. Prior to his participation in the YOSA Philharmonic, Chris was invited to be a member of the Orchestra of the Incarnate Word/University of the Incarnate Word as an eighth grader.

For the past two years, Chris has been selected to participate in the Castleman Quartet Program East, founded by virtuoso violinist Charles Castleman, in Fredonia, New York. There he has studied with Charles Castleman, Allyson Dawkins, Laura Bossert, and Basil Vendryes, and performed in both chamber and solo recitals. He has also participated in the Summer Music Institute at the University of Texas, San Antonio, in 2011, during which he performed with the top chamber group. Chris has served as the Principal Violist for the Texas Music Educator’s Association Region 12 Orchestra for the past two years, and was the Principal Violist for the Texas All-State String Orchestra in 2014.

An active liturgical musician, he has performed for the Taizé Pilgrimage in Austin, Texas, has been a frequent convention musician for several major publisher showcases during the national conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians since 2012, and has been a regular violist for church services and civic events since 2010. Chris has also been a featured performer of the annual American Guild of Organists “Organ Plus” Concert Series since 2013. As a member of his school’s jazz band, Chris was recognized as an exemplary soloist during the ensemble’s perfect score performance in the 2013 Texas Christian Interscholastic League All-State Competition. In 2014, he was awarded gold medal in the Division 1 of the Central Catholic Button Band Solo Competition.

For more information about this concert, please visit:

http://www.yosa.org/general/yosa-philharmonic-and-san-antonio-symphony-side-by-side/

YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony: Side-by-Side

YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony: Side-by-Side

Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 3:00 pm

Pre-Concert Activities for Kids and Instrument Petting Zoo begin at 2:00 pm
One-hour concert performance begins at 3:00 pm
Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University
Akiko Fujimoto, conductor
Troy Peters, conductor and narrator

YOSA Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony

Open the door to a “That could be me someday!” musical experience for the kids: bring them to see the inspiring talent of the YOSA Philharmonic musicians as they perform side-by-side with professional musicians of the San Antonio Symphony!  Recently returned from a successful tour of Vermont and Quebec, Canada, the YOSA Philharmonic is represented by 70 of the San Antonio area’s top musicians of high-school age.  Discover the kid-friendly “Enigma Variations” by English composer Edward Elgar, who wrote a set of short variations based on an “enigma” melody to describe the character of each of his friends.  Musical examples and narration will help to better enjoy the work!

Family Concerts are designed for children age 4-11, but can be enjoyed by persons of all ages. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of family fun!

There are no tickets for this event – admission is FREE! – first come, first seated.

For more about interaction between YOSA and the San Antonio Symphony, please visit:
http://www.yosa.org/about-3/san-antonio-symphony/.

Questions?  Call (210) 554-1010 or email tickets@sasymphony.org

YOSA Concerto Competition 2014

YOSA Concerto Competition 2014

Check out this Texas Public Radio story to learn more about the YOSA Concerto Competition. It happens this Saturday, November 15, at 2 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church; admission is free.

http://tpr.org/post/youth-orchestra-turns-heat-competition

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis
Sunday, February 22, 2015
7 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, H-E-B Performance Hall
buy now Branford MarsalisNEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. In a rare San Antonio visit, Marsalis will present the same program he played in a 2011 New York Philharmonic concert that the New York Times hailed for its “gracious poise, supple tone, and insouciant swagger.” YOSA Music Director Troy Peters will also conduct Elgar’s popular “Enigma” Variations, a symphonic masterpiece that also contains 14 musical portraits of Elgar’s friends and family. The concert will open with the bluesy strut of American composer Kenji Bunch’s Supermaximum. Don’t miss this evening of exciting music with the YOSA Philharmonic, San Antonio’s very best young musicians.

Bunch—Supermaximum
Glazunov—Alto Saxophone Concerto
Schulhoff/Bennett—Jazz Concerto (Hot Sonata)
Strauss—Serenade in E-flat major, Op. 7
Elgar—“Enigma” Variations