By Andrea Cassutt, Executive Director
Raised as I was, I think about Halloween this time of year. Costumes and trick or treating, and scary movies with classical music soundtracks are the stuff of my memories as a child and more recently with my daughter. Here is a link to fun, spooky classical music for Halloween. This would be a great backdrop for visiting trick or treaters or a Halloween party.
One of the joys of our work at SFYSA is the range of music we present, and the ways it expands our cultural reference points as educators and students. Halloween and jazz don't naturally associate in my mind, but here are some treasures I discovered.
The Santa Fe Youth Symphony full orchestras had a wonderful weekend of rehearsals, bonding, and other activities at the Glorieta retreat campus, September 29th and 30th. Student musicians worked with an assortment of music educators and professional symphony musicians from across New Mexico, as well as head string clinician, Ryan Ross, of the the Allen Philharmonic in Texas. The weekend was full of intensive musical work and progress.
Among the non-musical activities were a few games of black light dodge ball, including one round of the Youth Philharmonic vs. Youth Symphony. The friendly competition seemed to reinvigorate the musicians greatly, even after a very long day of rehearsing, chanting "YP" and "YS" respectively. The game also demonstrated that Mr. Finn is a far superior dodge ball player to Mr. Waag.
The Glorieta campus is nestled beautifully in mountains right off of Interstate 25 and was a perfect location for the 1.5 days of musical work for the symphony. Capped off with performance Sunday afternoon, the retreat was a great success.
Thank you to parent, Yuki Murata for these photos.
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Our Mission is to inspire and engage the youth of Northern New Mexico's multicultural communities through excellent music education, the guidance of music professionals, and performance opportunities from small ensemble to full orchestra in Jazz, Mariachi and Orchestra.