CO Youth Orchestra Hosts Guest Artist

gearhartCentral Oregon Youth Orchestra will host a 2014 Guest Artist Residency with University of Oregon Professor and violinist, Fritz Gearhart.


Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie.

He is heard frequently on National Public Radio, including past live broadcasts on WFMT Chicago, WQXR in New York as well as Public Radio’s nationally syndicated program Performance Today.


Compact discs featuring Gearhart have been released to rave reviews. A sampling from the press: “…a sizzling performance…”(The Wall Street Journal),  “…supple and imaginative…”(The New York Times), “…a superlative evening of musicmaking…”(New York Concert Review), and “Gearhart is a bold assertive player…”(Strad).

Come enjoy, observe, learn and be ready to be truly inspired!
Sunday, March 2, 11:30am to 4pm
Sky View Middle School
Cost: $10 fee for non-youth orchestra students and community members; fee collected at the door; No preregistration required.


All sessions are OPEN to the public. Bring your instrument, active participation is welcomed or to simply observe, as you wish. Extra music and parts available.


Workshop Sessions
11:30am-12pm Vivaldi Soloists: Hannah Ortman, Clara Garza, Alia Girvan, Lia Keener
12-1pm Central Oregon Junior Symphony
1-2pm LUNCH for everyone
2-4pm Central Oregon Youth Orchestra
4pm Workshop Reception – Everyone is invited!


For more detailed information, please contact Amy Kolb, executive director.


On March 9 the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, the newest youth orchestra program in the country will embark on a first ever residency with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the oldest, most established youth orchestra program in the country, celebrating its’ 90th season. COYO students will rehearse in side by side with PYP students, working with Portland area musicians and conductor, David Hattner. Students will also attend a concert with the Oregon Symphony and experience world-class violin soloist Hilary Hahn. Additional educational activities and Portland sites will include a backstage tour of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Hatfield Arts Center, a tour of the Oregon Historical Museum and more.

To become a member of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra, visit the website:

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