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    Newsletter of the INterschool orchestras of New York sprINg 2013

    Symphonic Band Tours WashingtonThe Symphonic Band went on tour to Washington, D.C. over Presidents Weekend, resuming ISOs policy to take its top groups on tours to other cities. The heart of the tour was the Saturday afternoon spent in sectional rehearsals led by members of The United States Air Force Band at their superb facility at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. After the sectionals, Major Scott Guidry, director of operations for the band and one of its conductors, rehearsed them in Whitacres

    Lux Aurumque. Band members enjoyed a New Orleans jazz concert at George Mason University Saturday night. Sunday started out with a tour of the Kennedy Center and sightseeing on the National Mall. Our students got to see democracy in action, when they encountered a demonstration near the Washington Monument. After a quick lunch, it was off to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, a few blocks from the Capitol, for a concert. The Symphonic Band has never sounded better! Technical Sergeant Joseph M. Bello of the Air Force Band soloed on euphonium in Nessun Dorma, the famous tenor solo from Puccinis Turandot, and conducted Incantation and Dance with great spirit. Major Guidry graciously conducted the Whitacre work in the concert. Paul Corn from Susan Wagner High School led the band in Markowskis Elixir, and founder and conductor Brian Worsdale brought the band to new heights of excellence in many other works. A bowling party Sunday night and a visit on Monday to the National

    Air and Space Museum rounded out the weekend. Many thanks to head chaperone Andrea Lynaugh, her right hand chaperone Margaret Rucci, and all the other chaperones: Edward Friedman, Sharon Kraus, Lyalya Logush, Diane and James McDonald, and Joseph Valentin. Most especially, thanks are due to Technical Sergeant Bello and Major Guidry for making the work with The U.S. Air Force Band members possible. And finally thanks to all of ISOs supporters, who made it possible for ISO to subsidize 70% of the trips cost.nINSIDE

    Record Enrollment and Finan-cial Aid Level

    Gala Celebration Supports Student Participation

    Concerto Competition Winners featured in May at Symphony Space

    In Grateful Recognition

  • 2 ISO Quarter Notes Spring 2013

    Record Enrollment and Financial Aid Level329 student musicians now perform with ISOs ensembles! This is a record number in our 41-year history. The most growth has been in the entry-level orches-tras. In fact, there are so many students in these four groups that they can no longer fit together on the stage at Symphony Space. Instead, Queens East and Trinity Florentine Orchestras performed together and Turtle Bay and Morningside Orches-

    tras paired up for the May performances. Not surprisingly, the amount of financial aid awarded also reached a record high: $108,000 in financial aid plus $87,000 in free tuition for Sym-phony students. ISO remains dedicated to making it possible for all children to play in an ISO ensemble, regardless of their families financial resources.n

    Gala Celebration Supports Student ParticipationMore than $100,000 was brought in through donations and the silent auction at this years Gala Celebra-tion. ISO parents, Board of Directors, and other supporters made this happen when they gathered at Chelsea Piers on April 15. Proceeds from the event help make it possible for every child to have the ISO experience. Board member Viola Kanevsky chaired the event and helped make it fun as well as profitable. The evening had many highlights, among them ISO Education Award winner Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, speaking about how important his partici-pation in the Chicago Youth Orchestra

    was to his development as a musician and as a human being. Similarly, ISO Distinguished Alumnus Award winner James Gaffigan, Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, spoke about how influential his ISO experience had been in his growth as a musician.

    The entertainment was first class: Artistic Director Jeffrey Grogan led the ISO Symphony in accompanying the excellent young ballroom dancers from Dancing Classrooms and in rousing selections from Capriccio Espangol and American Salute. As a special treat for the orchestra and the guests, Maestro Gaf-figan took over the podium to lead them in the last two movements from Capriccio Espangol. The French Woods Jazz Ensemble directed by Paul Corn provided music for general dancing to close out the evening. Many thanks are due to everyone who worked so hard to make this evening a success.n

    We would like to wish our heartfelt congratulations to the winners and participants in the 2013 ISO Concerto Competition on February 4th! The competition was a fantastic display of the depth of talent within our program. The winners of the competition are Amory Benjamin, cellist in the ISO Symphony, and Francis Fedora, cellist in the Concert Orchestra. Amory W. Benjamin began studying the cello with Yari Bond at the age of five as a student at the Special Music School, and he is currently a member of the Brooklyn Youth Music Project and the ISO Symphony. Amory is 15 years old and attends Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. Francis Fedora is 12 years old and attends sixth grade at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. He has played cello for six years and cur-rently studies with Evelyn Farny. Last summer, he attended Greenwood Music Camp and recently performed with the 9/11 Concert for Remembrance Orchestra and the Croton Chorale, where he is the youngest member of the orchestra. These two talented cellists performed solos with their respective orchestras on the concerts at Symphony Space in May.n

    ISO Symphony Concerto Winners1st Place - Amory Benjamin, cello2nd Place - Claudius Agrippa, violinHonorable Mention - Jonah Murphy, flute, and Amanda Ryan, clarinet

    Concerto Orchestra Concerto Winners1st Place - Francis Fedora, cello2nd Place - Caoimhe Boyle, viola

    Concerto Competition Winners featured in May at Symphony Space

    Amory Benjamin Francis Fedora

    Photo: Adam Hume

    James Gaffigan Anthony McGill Photo: Franca Pedrazzetti Photo: Katie Smith


    This list includes gifts made between May 1, 2012 and May 10, 2013. If we have accidentally omitted your name, please contact us so we can make a correction. The InterSchool Orchestras of New Yorks programs are made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and many generous foundations and individuals.

    MAESTRO - $10,000 and aboveAchelis and Bodman FoundationsThe Dreitzer FoundationThe Heckscher Foundation for

    Children New York City Dept. of Cultural AffairsAlfred and Jane Ross Foundation

    CONCERTMASTER - $5,000 - $9,99942nd Street Development Corporation Irene BareauThe Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.Etty and Jacob BoussoEdith C. Blum Foundation, Inc.Viola Kanevsky and Douglas DingerThe New-Land Foundation Inc.New York Electrical Power Services LLCMrs. Peter NicholasSperry, Mitchell & Company, Inc.Kara Unterberg

    BENEFACTOR - $3,000- $4,999Elaine and Edward AltmanExploring the Arts, Inc.Becky and David GochmanBrenda and Christoph KuehneParish of Trinity ChurchSulabha and Nirav PatelPECO FoundationRita Rack and Jean-Christophe AgnewElaine Sisman and Martin FridsonBarbara and Billy T. Tracy, Jr.Youth Foundation, Inc.

    PATRON - $1,000 - $2,999Betsy AldermanStacy and Paul AllenValerie and Allan BrownLori Cohen and Christopher RothkoDAddario FoundationTamara and Jerome DowneyEuromoney Trading LimitedAudrey and Andrew FeinerMrs. Michel FribourgCarmel and Brett FromsonBarbara GoodGreen-Wood Historic Fund Dr. and Mrs. Anthony GriecoAlys Kremer Grossman and Arthur

    GrossmanSoon & Chung HanTulita HumeJ&AR FoundationMr. and Mrs. Peter Jakes

    Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.Katten Muchin Rosenman FoundationMr. and Mrs. Stuart KovenskyDianne LaBasse and Alan SegetNancy LeeLoan Syndications and Trading

    Association, Inc.Simone Vinocour McKeever and Kevin

    McKeeverCynthia and Simon MencherJ. Craig OxmanFabienne Peyrat and Farboud TavangarPaula and Michael RantzJanet C. RossJacqui Rubin and Matthew HealeyRita F. SalzmanPhilip and Lynn Straus FoundationTurnaround Management AssociationJames WongZegar Family Foundation

    SPONSOR - $500 - $999 Vanessa and Uri BenhamronCarol and Richard BinkowskiDeborah Brown and Eric PloumisAnne P. CabotMr. and Mrs. Benjamin CardozoGwendolyn Conners and Mark ZadroznyLenore DavisDaniel DeSienaColette DouglasMr. and Mrs. Marc FoxPerry & Donna Golkin Family FoundationLorraine GraceHSBC Philanthropic ProgramsTracy and Steve LandauerNancy Lau and Kenneth ChinMaggie Levine and Bruce UpbinAnthony McGillBoaz MoragMargaret Nelson and Willard S. MooreMr. and Mrs. Bruce L. PaisnerJonathan and Madelaine PielRobin and Fred SeibertPatricia Bakwin SelchEleanor SheldonPriscilla & Matthew SnyderEdith and James B. SwireWaddy ThompsonFrank C. WilkinsonMidge Woolsey and Jerry StoltDeborah Yeoh and Kenneth Wang

    FRIEND - $300 - $499Grace Chang Bae and Andrew BaeLeonora Bloom

    Seunghee and Youngik ChoiCharles Cosler Theatre Design Inc.Julia and Shelley HartmanGita and Hardeep JoharMr. and Mrs. Stephen KippurDr. and Mrs. Robert PalmerEleanor Jackson PielAnnabelle F. PragerShauna Quill and Mark Maupin Valerie and Walter SimsonJoan WarburgHenrietta and David WhitcombVanessa and John C. WilcoxOak Joo and Chee Yap

    CONTRIBUTOR - Up to $299Dr. Lynn M. AckermanRuth and Yves AdesAIG Matching Grants Program Charles J. Alexander, Jr.Ruth S. AltmanMargot Astrach

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