YOCJ is one of 7 youth orchestras in the United States that was selected to participate in the 2021 Orchestra Residency Program of Midori Goto, world renowned violin virtuoso!  

Midori’s Orchestra Residency Program will feature something for everyone! This collaborative project aims to provide meaningful musical experiences now for the next generation of youth orchestra musicians. These online activities are offered at no charge to our youth orchestra.  

**Please read this carefully and submit your registration/application form, via the link at the bottom of this page, by Friday April 9th!**

As part of her Orchestra Residencies Program, Midori’s aim is to encourage young musicians to be actively making music with each other, even from afar. “Let’s all unite to keep our young musicians and their families positively connected through their youth orchestra programs.”  

The Orchestra Residency Program will feature several workshops. Additionally, everyone can apply to be included in 2 select virtual ensembles that will rehearse and perform a virtual online concert with Midori as soloist in a Concertino for Violin and Orchestra by composer Derek Bermel. This new work will feature 2 movements: one for String Orchestra and one for Wind Ensemble, all conducted by Nell Flanders. There is limited room in these ensembles. Students MUST submit the registration/application form by Friday April 9th to be considered for this special opportunity!

Here’s our residency at a glance:

1. Midori’s Workshop #1: How to Practice 
Tues. May 11, 5:15pm-6:30pm

(open to all instrumentalists – registration required.)
In these unusual times, Midori hopes to help keep young musicians engaged, motivated, and excited!

2. Midori’s Workshop #2: Healing through Music: Midori’s role as a UN Messenger of Peace
Friday May 14, 7-8pm

(open to all instrumentalists – registration required.)  
Midori’s message of hope and peace through the vehicle of music is powerful and inspiring. 

3. Derek Bermel Composition Workshop:
Tuesday April 27, 7-8pm OR
Saturday May 1, 7-8pm

(open to all instrumentalists – registration required – both workshops are identical.)   
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity.  Learn more about Mr. Bermel here: http://www.derekbermel.com/

4. Concertino for Violin & Orchestra by Derek Bermel:
(String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble movements)
All YOCJ students can apply for this limited opportunity. Selected students will be announced by Tuesday April 13th!
Students who are selected to participate in the Concertino performance MUST commit to the following:

1. Students MUST have a pair of wired headphones w/o microphone OR earbuds that plug directly into their device.
2. Students need to optimize their high-speed internet connection – an ethernet connection is highly recommended, as well as limiting other family members’ use of the internet during the rehearsals and concert.
3. Students MUST commit to 100% attendance:

*Tuesday April 27, 4:45pm-5:45pm Strings, 5:45pm-6:45pm Winds

*Tuesday May 4, 6:45pm-7:45pm Strings, 7:45pm-8:45pm Winds

*Tuesday May 11,  6:45pm-7:45 Strings, 7:45pm-8:45pm Winds

*Sunday, May 16, 11:30am-12:45am Strings, 12:45am-1:45am Winds  

*Tuesday May 18th, 4:30pm-5:45pm Strings, 5:45pm-6:45pm Winds

*Sunday May 23rd, 11:30am-12:45am Strings, 12:45am-1:45am Winds  

*Tuesday May 25th, 5:30pm-7:15pm Strings, 7:15pm-8:45pm Winds  

*Virtual Concert: Tues. June 1st, 7pm-8pm 

Click HERE to submit your response by Friday April 9th!