Union Symphony Youth Orchestra https://www.usyo.org Entertain, Educate, Serve and Inspire Through Music Sat, 15 Jun 2019 11:02:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 50468410 USYO Concert At The Batte Center https://www.usyo.org/usyo-concert-at-the-batte-center/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:25:31 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=8236

Union Symphony Youth Orchestra will attend Block 1, summer camp, at Wingate University, Monday June 17 – Thursday, June 20. All their hard work will culminate in a concert on Thursday, June 20, 5PM at The Batte Center, Wingate University. This concert is FREE admission. All are welcome.

USYO Auditions https://www.usyo.org/usyo-auditions-2/ Fri, 17 May 2019 20:32:06 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=8141 Union Symphony Youth Orchestra
Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19
Marvin Ridge High School
USYO and Prelude JSO auditions will be held on May 18 (violins) and May 19 (all other instruments) at Marvin Ridge High School. See audition requirements. Submit your audition application. You can still come that day to audition, fee will be $10 at door. USYO and Prelude students will attend music camp June 17-20 at Wingate University.
Photos of Pops on the Plaza https://www.usyo.org/photos-of-pops-on-the-plaza/ Fri, 17 May 2019 20:15:58 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=8104

Pops on the Plaza Photos

Sunday, May 12, 7 PM
Main Street Plaza, Downtown Monroe

Union Symphony Orchestra and Union Symphony Youth Orchestra performed at Main Street Plaza on Mother’s Day. This annual outdoor concert was sponsored by the City of Monroe, with additional support by Union County Community Foundation. Thank you to everyone who came out for this magical evening.

Photos by Frank Pixley

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Senior Recognition Day https://www.usyo.org/senior-recognition-day/ Thu, 09 May 2019 19:31:15 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=8056 Click to view slideshow.

Senior Recognition Day!
Marvin Ridge High School
April 28,2019

Congrats Seniors!

Best Wishes to all Union Symphony Youth Orchestra seniors for your future success.

Photos by Donna Tennis
Pops On The Plaza! https://www.usyo.org/pops-on-the-plaza-3/ Thu, 09 May 2019 19:09:35 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=8001 Pops on the Plaza
Sunday, May 12, 7 PM
Main Street Plaza
Downtown Monroe

Head to Downtown Monroe for Pops on the Plaza, held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, at 7 PM. Union Symphony Orchestra and Union Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at Main Street Plaza. This annual outdoor concert is sponsored by the City of Monroe, with additional support from Union County Community Foundation. Lawn seating, picnics and blankets are welcome. FREE admission. In case of inclement weather, we will NOT cancel until the last moment. We hope to perform for you.


Even More Photos of Perfect Harmony https://www.usyo.org/even-more-photos-of-perfect-harmony/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 18:28:19 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=7905 Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Sabrina Howard with associate director Keith James, performed their 10th anniversary concert at The Batte Center, Wingate University. Prelude Junior String Orchestra, under the direction of Amanda Turner, also performed.
Thank you to William and Enid Osbourn for sponsorship of the commissioned piece “Against All Odds”, by Mekel Rogers, founding Director of USYO.

Students are now rehearsing for their next big performance on Mother’s Day, May 12, a side-by-side of USO with USYO. USO will also perform that evening. Pack a lawn chair and picnic for Pops on the Plaza, Main Street Plaza, Downtown Monroe, sponsored by City of Monroe




Photos by Jimmy Wang

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More Photos of Perfect Harmony https://www.usyo.org/more-photos-of-perfect-harmony/ Thu, 28 Mar 2019 19:10:10 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=7869 Our students were indeed in “Perfect Harmony” for this very special event celebrating ten years. Thank you to William and Enid Osbourn for sponsorship of the commissioned piece “Against All Odds”, by Mekel Rogers, founding Director of USYO.

Photos by Donna Tennis

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So Very Proud of USYO! https://www.usyo.org/so-very-proud-of-usyo/ Tue, 26 Mar 2019 15:56:26 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=7844 Click to view slideshow.

Thank you to all who joined us for Union Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert – Perfect Harmony. It was so good to see past alumni who attended the event.  A highlight of the performance was the dedicated original composition “Against All Odds” by Mekel Rogers, founding Music Director of USYO. Prelude Junior String Orchestra also performed that day.

Photos by Frank Pixley

“Against All Odds” 10th Anniversary Celebration https://www.usyo.org/against-all-odds-10th-anniversary-celebration/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:47:24 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=7604 Mekel Rogers is pleased to dedicate the original composition “Against All Odds” to the USYO for the 10th anniversary celebrations.

The task of creating a youth orchestra in Union County was a significant challenge.  With no strings programs in the public school systems, students had to be found through private lesson instructors and by word of mouth.  Most had never played in any sort of ensemble at all.  Additionally, the orchestra ran on a shoestring budget at the height of the 2008 global economic recession.  Against all these odds, the USYO moved forward slowly but consistently towards becoming a quality ensemble that provided, and continues to provide, an excellent opportunity for orchestra students to be a part of a greater group effort.
The selection “Against All Odds” is a celebration of the hard work and dedication that the students and staff put forth to make USYO a success at its beginnings.
Perfect Harmony Celebrating Ten Years!! https://www.usyo.org/perfect-harmony-celebrating-ten-years/ Fri, 04 Jan 2019 18:49:44 +0000 http://www.usyo.org/?p=7293 On March 17, at 4 PM USYO, under the direction of Sabrina Howard, will take the stage to perform a specially commissioned work by Mekel Rogers, founding music director of USYO, in honor of their 10 year anniversary. This concert will take place at The Batte Center of Wingate University. We cannot believe it has been 10 years! It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with such talented students. We look forward to another decade of excellence.

At this concert we would like to remember all the wonderful seasons of performances. To honor our USYO alumni, we will provide free tickets to all alumni. Additionally a special photograph of alumni will be taken at the event.


Photo: Donna Tennis