Toledo Symphony Mentors the Next Generation of Musicians

Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Side-by-Side on March 10th

Published Monday, February 25, 2019 9:00 am

As part of its commitment to coaching and mentoring young musicians from area high schools, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) led by Music Director Alain Trudel will join forces with members of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras (TSYO) in a special side-by-side concert on Sunday, March 10, 2019, 4 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. In addition to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, works to be performed include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and movements from Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, and Vaughn William’s English Folk Song Suite. Tickets are $10 and available at or by calling 419.246.8000.

“Rarely does one event embody all that we aim to do at the Toledo Symphony. This side-by-side concert with the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras upholds all three of our pillars, including music education, artistic excellence, and community collaboration,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. “Though we call it a side-by-side concert, these talented student musicians are truly our colleagues for this program. There is no amateur or professional musician here. There is only fantastic music coming from one of the largest ensembles we put together each season. The sound will be spectacular.”

The program will open with pieces featuring winners of the Toledo Symphony League’s Young Artist Competition: violinist Karen Song, violinist Neige DeAngelis, and pianist Theodore Deddens. Then, the TSYO Concert Strings and Symphonic Orchestra join the TSO for selections by Beethoven, Mozart, and Vaughan Williams. The Philharmonic Orchestra will close the program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

“Over 250 students and musicians from the TSO will participate in this side-by-side concert. Expect to see and hear over 120 performers on stage at one time,” says Dorothy Coats, Youth Orchestras Manager. “I’m proud of this long-running tradition of mentorship here at the Toledo Symphony. The students are excited for this program each year, and it’s clear the Toledo Symphony musicians enjoy coaching the next generation of musicians. What a treat!”

The TSYO Philharmonic Orchestra rehearses under the direction of conductor Wasim Hawary. The TSYO Symphonic Orchestra rehearses under the direction of conductor Matthew Forte. The TSYO Concert Strings rehearse under the direction of conductor Betsy Cranston. This program will be led by TSO Music Director Alain Trudel.

“I’m grateful for all the work that goes into preparing these students for this type of experience,” says Alain Trudel. “My sincere thanks go out to Wasim, Matt, and Betsy for their many hours of preparations for all of the youth orchestra rehearsals and concerts throughout the school year, and of course our TSO musicians. Special thank you to Dorothy Coats, Youth Orchestras Manager, and Joan Weiler, Youth Orchestras Coordinator, as well.”

“It’s truly my honor to work with these fantastic students for this program,” continues Trudel. “They inspire me. The future of music is in good hands.”

The side-by-side concert will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 4 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. Tickets are $10 and available at or 419.246.8000.

For more information, please contact Joan Weiler, Youth Orchestras Coordinator at


The Toledo Symphony Orchestra is a community-supported organization of professional musicians and teachers who deliver quality performance and music education for all.

Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music and incorporated in 1951 as the Toledo Orchestra Association, Inc., the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has grown from a core group of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs sixty-five professional musicians who consider the Toledo Symphony their primary employer, as well as numerous extra players annually as repertoire demands.

On January 1, 2019, the Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony officially merged to form the Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional live music and dance performances and education for the region. This partnership promises to create new and invigorating programs, provide cost and revenue synergies in operations, and integrate the arts through shared educational missions.

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