Future Vibrations

Future Vibrations
Sunday, Jun 14, 2015
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Francisco J. Núñez, Guest Conductor
Music for Treble and Youth Voices
Featuring Distinguished ConcertsSingers International
Amy Goeser Kolb, Executive Director
Central Oregon Youth Orchestra
Tom Kuo, Director
Vancouver Pops Symphony
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Participating Ensembles:

Florida Southern Girls' Choir
Shanahan Middle School Choir
Concordia Youth Chorale
The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra
Vancouver Pops Symphony

Florida Southern Girls' Choir

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Kathy Hulin
Kathy Hulin has been directing choirs since 1997 and has been honored to direct the Florida Southern Girls' Choir since its inception in 2012. She holds performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory, as well as a M. Div. with a concentration in church music from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Mrs. Hulin strives to bring out the best in every musician and young person in her care and her motto is to SHINE for her girls in order that they may SHINE for others - to be Sincere, Hardworking, Inspiring, Noteworthy, and Encouraging.
Founded in 2012, the Florida Southern Girls' Choir is a member choir of the Lakeland Choral Society and a choral division of the Florida Southern Children's Chorus. It is an auditioned choir for young women in grades 6-12 and the choir rehearses once a week on the campus of Florida Southern College. A fall and spring concert is given by the Chorus each year in Branscomb Auditorium which is a combined concert of the Children's Choir and Girls' Choir. Follow us on Facebook - FLSouthernGirlsChoir.

Shanahan Middle School Choir

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Nina Testa
Nina Testa is a choir director at Olentangy Local Schools, in Lewis Center, Ohio. Ms. Testa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Otterbein University in 2011, and is currently continuing her studies at Otterbein for a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching in the Olentangy district for four years, covering choral duties at both Shanahan and Orange Middle Schools. Since her appointment as choir director, her programs have flourished to a combined enrollment of 550 students between both schools. This past year, she was selected to judge the middle school ensembles at The Marysville Showcase Invitational, a show choir competition in Central Ohio. Ms. Testa is a proud member of the Ohio Music Education Association and remains a part of Columbus’ music community teaching private voice and piano lessons, and performing weekly at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna.
The Shanahan Middle School choirs are comprised of 300 singers in 6th through 8th grade. The ensemble present tonight is a combination of 58 of those singers, currently in 7th and 8th grade. The Shanahan choirs have received consistent “superior” and “excellent” ratings at various choral festivals around the state of Ohio. This past year, both of the 7th and 8th grade choirs received unanimous superior ratings from all judges present. Both choirs are active in their school community singing at events such as Veteran’s Day, graduation, and central office and administrative celebrations. Many of the singers present this evening are actively involved in the Columbus music scene, performing in elite ensembles such as Columbus Children’s Choir, Con Brio Children’s choir, and have performed in Columbus Children’s Theatre and Palace Theatre productions.

Concordia Youth Chorale

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John and Cynthia Balme
John and Cynthia Balme come to the choral world after long careers in opera.   Mr. Balme holds degrees from the Royal College of Music and the Eastman School of Music and has served as the general and artistic director of the Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, and the Liederkranz Opera Theater.  With over 300 opera productions to his credit, he has also guest conducted throughout the United States.  Ms. Balme received her degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Temple University and has performed 40 leading soprano roles, being best known for her interpretations of Verdi heroines in appearances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and NY Summerstage.  The Concordia Youth Chorale is completing its 15th season.  Under John and Cynthia’s joint leadership, the Chorale has toured in Europe 5 times, visiting England, Austria and Prague, Italy and  Northern France.  They have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. John the Divine, Trinity Church Wall St, and St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero in the city.  Other performances have taken place at the National Cathedral, Colonial Williamsburg, Gettysburg, Montreal and Quebec City.  This summer the chorale will tour Ireland. 

The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra

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Amy Goeser Kolb
Growing up in Minnesota, Amy Goeser Kolb participated in one of the finest youth orchestra programs in the country, The Greater Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies.
In addition to her dedication and passion for youth orchestral training, Amy is a professional oboist with a passion for new music. She has collaborated with composers, commissioning, premiering and recording compositions from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Central America, South America and the United States. In 2014, she participated in a national commissioning-consortium presenting a new work by American Composer, John Harbison. 

She received her musical training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Cologne Conservatory in Germany and completed doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As part of her musical training, Amy spent nearly ten years in Germany during which she performed with the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Cologne and at the Staatstheater in Stuttgart. She has held teaching positions at Wichita State University and the University of Oregon. Currently, she is the principal oboist of the Amarillo Symphony in Texas and in the summers a member of the Orchestra Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon. Amy has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone, Hanssler, Koch/Schwann, Aulos, Antes and the Equilibrium Labels.
The Central Oregon Youth Orchestra is a regional youth orchestra program educating and inspiring young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities.

In 2013, Executive Director, Amy Goeser Kolb, founded the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra (COYO) program.  On May 19th with nearly sixty students, COYO presented a historical, ground breaking concert performing repertoire by Bizet, Ravel, Wagner, Grieg and Holst. Talented students from a nearly 100-mile radius represent this new, youthful and exciting musical demographic. 

As one of the youngest youth orchestra programs in the country, COYO is thrilled to be attracting nationally recognized guest artists, coaches and pedagogues from around the country eager to visit and share their expertise. In addition to the Youth Orchestra, the COYO program offers and maintains a resident student string quartet, a brass choir and the Junior Symphony ensemble for younger leveled string players. 

This season COYO wishes to graciously thank 2015 resident, guest artist and Grammy winning composer Christopher Tin for sharing his time and musical expertise this past spring. COYO is tremendously honored today to be presenting the New York premiere of Tin’s Iza Ngomso, from the album a Drop That Contained The Sea. 

Vancouver Pops Symphony

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Tom Kuo
Tom Kuo is a violinist, instructor, and conductor. He is the founder of the Vancouver Pops Symphony and has been directing this orchestra for the last 5 years. Having started music lessons at the age of six, his mentors included violinists Tang Lei and Andrew Dawes and conductors John van Deursen, Jesse Read, and Tom Koven. After graduating from the UBC School of Music, Tom went on to be a full time violin instructor teaching students one on one and group classes. As with many music teachers these days, he fell into the traditional routine of hosting recitals, and signing up students for examinations and competitions (in the vain hopes that they will practice more). However, early in his career as a musician, he already had an beckoning desire brewing within to put the “fun” back into the music learning/making experience. 
In late 2008, as an experimental project, Tom assigned a group of students to arrange and perform a piece together to be featured at the year-end recital. The song chosen at the time was "All I Want for Christmas is You." The success of this endeavour sparked excitement from both students and parents, asking for more ensemble performances of the kind. Finally, there was that sparkle in the students’ eyes that Tom was looking for. By the  next recital, Tom took up his composition skills and arranged 4 more pieces including "Close Every Door to Me", "Time to Say Goodbye", and "You Raise Me Up". Parents and students loved the “pops” selections and thought it gave the traditional solo recitals an added flare. The constructive feedback from one parent was to have more songs and more rehearsals leading up to the performance.

By the start of the next school year in 2009, rehearsals were scheduled in on a weekly basis. Music was chosen by the participants of the group and was purchased through publishers rather than arranged. Instead of limiting the participants to just students, it was then opened up to any musician in the community and that's where we took on the name the "Vancouver Orchestra Club". Our debut performance was held on June 20, 2010, where we featured our first symphony pop concert performing titles like "Phantom of the Opera" and "Pirates of the Caribbean".

Over the years we have gone full circle, touching all genres of music, from Disney's "Aladdin", the 2011 Grammy Award Winning "Baba Yetu", Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof" to classical masterpieces like "William Tell Overture", and Grieg's A minor Piano Concerto. Some of our other favorites include Buble's "Feeling Good" and "Fly Me to the Moon". It has also been our privilege to perform the original works of some of our own members, such as "Storms of the North Albian" and an arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" by Jaelem Bhate.

The Vancouver Orchestra Club became a place where musical ideas can be expressed and valued, where members can enjoy a carefree environment to learn and make music.

Today, we are much more than a club, and hence have taken on a new name, the Vancouver Pops Symphony. We are now a group of committed and passionate musicians dedicated to bring entertaining and exciting concerts to our community and abroad. Carnegie Hall being our first stop, but certainly not our last, we will carry this name with us around the world as we visit and perform in various cities internationally. 

As a child, Tom always had a strong interest in orchestras, bands, and film music. However,  he never thought he would one day be on stage to lead a full symphony orchestra, let alone at Carnegie Hall. Tom would like to thank all the members of this orchestra for their hard work and dedication. It truly is an honour and privilege to be your conductor.