Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra
William C. White, director
Sunday, May 26, 2013
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 (map)
Bernstein | Overture to West Side Story
Debussy | “Fêtes” from Nocturnes
Hanson | Suite from Merry Mount
Higdon | SkyLine
Williams, arr. Brubecker | Harry Potter Symphonic Suite
Marquez | Danzon No. 2
About the Artists…
A vital part of Cincinnati’s musical culture since its beginning in 1964, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO) is the city’s premier ensemble for talented high school orchestral musicians. The CSYO is dedicated to the cultivation of young talent and provides outstanding instrumental students the opportunity to perform repertoire not always available to them in their area schools. Under the auspices of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), CSYO members gain an appreciation for the arts and learn the value of excellence and discipline which they take back to their individual school music programs. Students attend CSO concerts at Music Hall, study with CSO musicians in sectionals held several times throughout the season, and perform their own concerts, often with peer soloists. Students graduate to become professional symphony musicians and advocates for the arts.
The CSYO was founded in 1964 as the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra by Max Rudolf who was Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra and by area music educators who recognized the importance of providing talented young musicians with the opportunity for serious training and extensive orchestral experience. The first conductor of the CSYO was Sigmund Effron, CSO Concertmaster, who was convinced that “it was vitally important to the community and to these youngsters that they meet other young people of the same interest” and that they have “an opportunity to play in a symphonic group which devotes itself to the works of the great masters.” Sigmund Effron guided the CSYO until 1970 when he was followed by a series of distinguished conductors including Keith Lockhart. This season marks the second for William White as CSYO Conductor and Assistant Conductor of the CSO.
Now in its 49th season, the 2012-2013 Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra is made up of approximately 100 musicians from high schools in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana.
William C. White currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO). Mr. White holds degrees from Indiana University (M.M. Orchestral Conducting) and the University of Chicago (A.B. Music). Prior to his positions in Cincinnati, he served as Music Director of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony in Chicago, Ill.
Mr. White has long-standing associations with a number of musical organizations, including the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine, which he first attended as a student in 2004 and now serves as Conducting Associate. He has regularly given pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony since 2008.
Mr. White hails from Bethesda, Md., where he began his musical training as a violist. He maintains a significant career as a composer, writing works for concert, film and theater.