Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Poughkeepsie Youth Orchestras Win Big

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Stringendo students rehearse.
  • Stringendo students rehearse.

Poughkeepise nonprofit community music school Stringendo was opened in 2001 and currently has about 200 students in its youth orchestras, traditional fiddling classes, summer music camp, and other programs. Recently, Stringendo’s profile in the classical world got a major boost when two of its youth orchestras took top honors at the esteemed American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Orchestra Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Vivace, the senior orchestra of Stringendo’s Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley, was named Grand Champion in the String Youth Orchestra competition and Chaconne, Stringendo’s second orchestra in the competition, won second prize.

One of the pieces Vivace performed was “Rounds,” a rhythmically complex work by 20th-century composer David Diamond. “The piece had a special resonance for us,” says Stringendo Artistic Director Jonathan Handman, who led Vivace, “because Diamond actually finished writing it after World War II in nearby Rhinebeck.”

Here's video of the prize-winning performance itself:

Vivace also was named Grand Champion at ASTA’s 2009 festival and has appeared on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” website. Last year, the orchestra also took first place in the American Prize Competition.

Registrations are now being accepted for Stringendo’s Summer Strings program, a day camp for students of string instruments held in July at the Hudson Valley Community Center in Poughkeepsie. For more information, call (845) 264-1206 or visit www.StringendoMusic.org.

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