The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra Concert Strings to Perform at OMEA Professional Development Conference

Published Thursday, January 25, 2018 9:00 am

On February 10, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) Concert Strings will travel to Columbus, Ohio to perform at the 2018 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference. The OMEA Professional Development Conference is the third largest music conference in the United States, consisting of nearly 300 sessions, presented by nationally recognized master teachers who will demonstrate research-based best practices in the field of music education.

This year, over 40 performing ensembles will present concerts throughout the three-day conference (February 8-10), showcasing many of Ohio’s talented music students. The TSYO Concert Strings were chosen from a field of over 160 applicants by various committees of active teachers from across the state. The performing ensembles were chosen to represent the “best-of-the-best” in teaching pedagogy, and serve as examples for music educators to learn about new repertoire and teaching methods that exist.

To become a member of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras, students must audition to be placed in one of three ensembles, the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, or the Concert Strings ensemble. The Philharmonic and Symphonic Orchestras serve as full orchestral experiences while the Concert Strings ensemble is dedicated to preparing string students for more complex repertoire.

"The students have been working really hard this season and are excited to travel to Columbus and represent the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra. It is a huge honor to perform at this event, especially for the youngest ensemble of the youth orchestra program. I am so proud of our students." said Patrick Barrett, conductor of the TSYO Concert Strings.

In the Toledo area, you can catch the remaining TSYO performances of this season, including a concert on February 4, 2:00 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater and a Pops concert on April 30, 7:00 p.m. at Maumee High School’s Performing Arts Center.

The TSYO student musicians will also perform a Side-by-Side concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on March 4, 4:00 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater, where students perform alongside their professional musical counterparts in a massive orchestra. To purchase tickets to the Side-by-Side concert, please contact the box office at 419-246-8000 or visit

For more information about the youth orchestras program, please contact Joan Weiler, Youth Orchestras Coordinator at or visit

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