YOCJ is one of 7 youth orchestras in the United States that was selected to participate in the 2021 Orchestra Residency Program (ORP) of Midori, world renowned violin virtuoso!  Our culminating event was our livestream concert! Although the event is no longer viewable, please check out our program booklet and details about the ORP below!

YOCJ & Midori – Livestream Virtual Concert, Tuesday, June 1st, 7pm, Program Booklet: Click HERE

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

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 featured several workshops. Additionally, everyone could apply to be included in 2 select virtual ensembles that rehearsed and performed a virtual online concert with Midori as soloist in a Concertino for Violin and Orchestra by composer Derek Bermel. This new work featured 3 movements: one for String Orchestra, one for solo violin (Midori) and one for Wind Ensemble, all conducted by Nell Flanders. 

Here’s our residency at a glance:

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

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

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

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) Bravo to the selected students!

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, 3:45pm-4:45pm Winds, 4:45pm-5:45pm Strings

*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