Toledo Symphony Expands Youth Orchestra Program

Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019 2:00 pm

The Toledo Symphony announced this afternoon that it will expand the opportunities available to members of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras (TSYO) in a special side-by-side appearance on Toledo Symphony’s ProMedica Masterworks Series program, Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8PM at the Peristyle Theater. Student musicians will be paired with their professional counterparts of the Toledo Symphony, on stage for Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain.

“We are proud to have our talented youth orchestra students on our Masterworks program,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “Music education is mission critical for our organization and to be able to share what we do with the community through our flagship series—for just a portion of this program—is a small but mighty gesture. It means as much to me and my fellow musicians as it does to the students who will perform alongside us.”

The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras are made up of over 220 student musicians from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Students are selected through an audition process that takes place each year in the spring. The TSYO currently includes three orchestras, the Philharmonic, Symphonic, and Concert Strings, which rehearses under the direction of Wasim Hawary, Matthew Forte, and Betsy Cranston and Kathleen Schnerer, respectively. The Philharmonic Orchestra will join the Toledo Symphony to open the second half of Saturday evening’s program.

“Our students have been looking forward to this concert since they found out about it in early August,” says Joan Weiler, Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Coordinator. “It’s such a rewarding experience for them to work alongside our Symphony musicians and to see first-hand what it’s like to perform at such a high caliber. There’s no better way to prepare them for what the real music world is like.”

The program will also include Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Daugherty’s Tombeau de Liberace and The Composer is Dead, music by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket.

The one-night-only performance of Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets start at $28 and are available at or by calling the box office at 419.246.8000.

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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-nine 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 Symphony and Toledo Ballet 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.

The Toledo Symphony reaches more than 260,000 individuals annually through performances and education programs. The series concerts (Masterworks, Pops, Chamber, Mozart in the Afternoon, and Family Series) are the critical underpinning of the orchestra’s artistic mission and regularly draw people from 135 postal zip codes. Education programs, student performances, and community concerts are held in schools, neighborhood churches, performing arts centers, and community facilities throughout the region; many are offered at no charge or provided at a reduced fee to help expand participation.

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