TSYO Concert II

Youth Performances

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February 9, 2020

Concert Time: 4:00 pm

Wasim Hawary, philharmonic orchestra conductor
Matthew Forte, symphonic orchestra conductor
Betsy Cranston, concert strings conductor
Kathleen Schnerer, concert strings conductor

This event is free and open to the public.


Benjamin Kerger, percussion
Sam Kim, cello
Joshua Lyphout, cello
Owen Robinson, saxophone
Paul Tomczak, oboe


Stephan - Vanguard Overture
Bach arr. Newbold - Sleepers Wake
Vivaldi arr. Frackenpohl - Allegro in G from Concerto for Two Guitars
Glière arr. Allen - Russian Sailor's Dance from The Red Poppy


Brahms arr. Phillippe - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Bizet - Carmen Suite No. 1


Prokofiev - Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy

The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra concerts are presented through a generous gift from Joseph and Judith Conda.

Benjamin Kerger is a senior at Toledo School for the Arts with his major in percussion, now in his seventh year of study. He has played with both the Toledo International Youth Orchestra (where he performed in Ecuador and Ireland), as well as the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ben can also be found playing with the local steel drum band “Glass City Steel,” and as a member of the Toledo-Based jazz quartet “The Fantom Phorce.’

Ben will be performing the third movement of Concerto No. 1 for Marimba by Ney Rosauro accompanied by Nolan Johnson.





Sam Kim is a junior at Sylvania Northview High School. He has played cello since the 4th grade and is currently studying with Amy Chang. Along with being a member of TSYO for 5 years, he is active in his school orchestra and OMEA Regional and All-State Orchestras. He also had the honor of playing at Carnegie Hall with the Honors Performance Series Orchestra in 2017 and at the Golden Hall in Vienna, Austria in 2016 with the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra. Outside of music, Sam loves to spend time with his friends, play soccer and football, and weightlifting.

Sam will be performing the first movement of Concerto in D Minor by Edouard Lalo accompanied by Amy Chang.



Joshua Lyphout, 16, is a junior at Toledo School for the Arts and has played the cello since the fifth grade. Josh studies cello with Amy Chang and string bass with Aaron Keaster, both with the Toledo Symphony. At TSA, Josh is the principal cellist with the advanced, studio, and chamber orchestras. This year he will represent TSA in the OMEA Honors Orchestras at the district, regional, and state level. He also plays electric bass and electric and acoustic guitar, and dabbles with the mandolin, ukulele, and piano/keyboards. Josh is frequently hired to support local musical theatre productions as a pit musician, and has worked for The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Children’s Theatre Workshop, and Stone Productions. This past summer, Josh attended the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and hopes to return to the camp this summer. In college, Joshua hopes to major in cello performance and music theory in an elite conservatory program.

Joshua will be performing the first movement of Saint-Seans's Cello Concerto No. 1 accompanied by Amy Chang.

Owen Robinson is an aspiring saxophonist from Toledo, Ohio. His main areas of focus are classical and contemporary saxophone performance. He plans on majoring in music performance in college, and his end goal is to earn a BM, MM, DMA and a tenured professorship at a large university. Alongside classical saxophone, he has a passion for jazz improvisation and composition, and plans on earning either a jazz improvisation or composition degree while pursuing his classical studies. Owen has been enjoying his time as Principal Clarinet of the TSYO Symphonic Orchestra and would like to thank all of those who work to make TSYO such a great organization.

Owen will be performing Fantasie Impromptu by Andre Jolivet accompanied Xavier Suarez.


Paul Tomczak is a junior at Anthony Wayne High School. At school, Paul is involved in the “Symphonic Winds” concert band (1st chair oboe), marching band (trumpet), pit orchestra (flute and oboe), and the “Close Harmony” vocal jazz ensemble. Paul has been a member of the TSYO for 4 years, two of which being principal in the Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul has also been a member of the University of Toledo’s Orchestra for 1 year. Paul is an accomplished vocalist, having solo’d with the Toledo Symphony on two separate occasions, and he participated in the Northwest Ohio Children’s Choir for 5 years. Paul has been 1st chair in OMEA’s District 1 Honors Band for 4 years, as well as OMEA’s Northwest Regional Orchestra for 1 year. Paul plans to study oboe performance in college.

Paul will be performing the second and third movements of Robert Schumann’s Three Romances, accompanied by Zhanglin Hu.

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