Intermezzo string orchestra
The eighteenth season
ELIZABETH YOUNG, Conductor
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
Intermezzo students typically collaborate each season with dancers and instrumental soloists, are exposed to unusual instruments like baroque bows, celtic harp, or orchestral piano, and take a concert-tour to Santa Fe area schools. Each year in March, Intermezzo also travels to Albuquerque to join 650 other students in the Albuquerque Middle School Orchestra Festival. Other recent adventures include an impromptu concert for the Santa Fe Board of Education and waltz lessons in conjunction with preparing Loreta Fin's Aeolian Waltz.
Intermezzo serves the needs of young string players who have some previous orchestral experience, who are refining and building upon their fundamental skills, and who can fluidly sight-read music of a level below that of their current playing level. Students are introduced to more advanced orchestral techniques including: leading one’s own section, leading the orchestra; following one’s own section leader, following the concertmaster; following more subtle and refined cues from a conductor; playing without a conductor; supporting and accompanying solo performers; and learning more refined bow-distribution, dynamics, and tone colors. The minimum equivalent level in the Suzuki curriculum is "Hunters' Chorus" from Book 2.
Target Age Group: Middle school and advanced/late middle school (approximately grades 6-7).
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Violinist and conductor Elizabeth Young has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Trinity Church at Wall Street, and The United Nations, among other notable venues in NYC, as well as the National Gallery of Art and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC. She has appeared on the BBC, CBS, and CNN, and as an orchestral and chamber musician, she has performed numerous concerts with orchestras throughout the North America and Europe. In New Mexico, she is a regular performer with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera, and with pianist Doug Montgomery at Vanessie’s, where she performs and improvises all styles and genres of music. As a conductor, she has led performances in North Carolina, New York, California, and Washington, DC. In a world-premiere opera performance with The New York Opera Society, her talents were highlighted in
The Washington Post: “The singing and playing, under the baton of Elizabeth Young, were notably strong.” Additionally, Elizabeth is a dedicated and experienced teacher. Currently on the faculty of the New Mexico School for the Arts, her past students have attended music schools and conservatories around the world. Elizabeth looks forward to working with the students of the Intermezzo String Orchestra and bringing her passion, joy, and enthusiasm for music-making to the SFYSA!