June 23, 2012 – Peninsula Young Artists at the Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s

Peninsula Young Artists
Sara Salsbury, director
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Cathedral Church of St. Canice’s
The Close
Kilkenny, Ireland (map)

This concert is given in aid of local charities

Program scheduled to include…
Marche Militaire #1 — Franz Schubert
Soirees Musicales — Rossini / arr. Benjamin Britten
“Waltz” from Masquerade Suite — Aram Khachaturian
“Hoe-Down” from Rodeo — Aaron Copland
Tribute to Henry Mancini — arr. Calvin Custer
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest — Hans Zimmer
Battle Cry and Jig (newly commissioned work) — Ron Miller
Duke Ellington!
Lord of the Dance
…and more!

Founded in 1997, the Peninsula Youth Orchestra is based in Redwood City, CA, and is the only youth orchestra program serving San Mateo County. Over 400 young musicians are currently enrolled in PYO’s rigorous sequential orchestra education program that has been twice recognized by the California Arts Council.  PYO attributes its success to overwhelming support from its families and local music teachers, coupled with an artistic program conceived by its founding conductors, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Sara Salsbury, and implemented by its outstanding staff of professional musicians and educators.  Tonight we hear the Peninsula Young Artists, the advanced level preparatory orchestra, under the direction of Sara Salsbury.  The Peninsula Young Artists have performed in Carnegie Hall (2004), The Mozart 2006 Festival in Austria (2006), the Pre-Olympic Festival in China (2008), and the inaugural Los Angeles Orchestra Festival in Walt Disney Concert Hall (2010).

The Peninsula Youth Orchestra reflects and enhances the cultural diversity of its community by bringing together student musicians to rehearse and perform symphonic music in an educational setting.  PYO strives for high musical standards within a supportive environment that encourages enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of music.  PYO enriches the lives of its musicians as they progress through a challenging course of repertoire that prepares them with skills needed to enjoy and pursue music the rest of their lives, either as professional or amateur players.

All PYO musicians study and perform traditional orchestral repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary literature and works by American composers.  PYO received the prestigious 2000 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of American Music on a Foreign Tour for its first international tour in Japan in June of 1999.  Commissioned works by local composers are routinely presented as part of its regular programming.  Please visit the PYO website at http://www.peninsulayouthorchestra.org for information about our concerts, auditions and the Peninsula Music Camp held each summer

Sara Salsbury, Peninsula Youth Orchestra co-founder, serves as General Manager for PYO and is also Director of the Preparatory Orchestras, the Peninsula Music Camp, and the Chamber Music program.   She has previously been part of the Instrumental Music Team for the Redwood City School District and a string specialist for the Mountain View CSMA, the Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, Woodside Priory School, and the El Camino Youth Symphony.   She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), The League of American Orchestras, MENC, CMEA and ASTA/CODA. She also serves on the ACSO Board of Directors.  Sara was one of the 1994 recipients of the CAPA Arts Award (Council for the Arts of Palo Alto) for her dedication to music education and youth symphony work.  Sara grew up in Michigan where she attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen for many summers.  Sara received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees from DePauw University and her Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from Stanford University. Sara and her husband Phillip live in Palo Alto where they have raised four sons, all of whom were music majors in college.

Emmaus High School Women’s Chamber Choir – April 4, 2012

Emmaus High School Women’s Chamber Choir
Rita Cortez, director
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
11:00am Concert
St. Canice’s Cathedral
Coach Road
Kilkenny (map)

Program scheduled to include
Sicut Cervus — Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Salmo 150 — Ernani Aguiar
Tota Pulchra Es — Maurice Durufle
Set Me As a Seal — Rene Clausen
I’m Gonna Wait on the Lord — Damon H. Dandridge
and more

The Emmaus High School Women’s Choir is an auditioned choir comprised of girls in ninth through twelfth grades.  They are one of six choral ensembles in a program that involves three hundred students.

The Women’s Choir focuses on singing a wide variety of repertoire from Renaissance to Twentieth-Century classical music. The girls perform regularly for the community in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania.  In April 2008, the Women’s Choir was one of only twenty groups selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Rita Cortez is currently in her eighth year as choral director at Emmaus High School, after teaching in public and private schools for over twenty-five years.  She earned a B.A. and a B.Mus. from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, as well as a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.  Her groups have performed at Carnegie Hall and on international tours to Italy and Greece.