Accessibility key to play music through the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra


One-year-old Kate Sanders is training with other young members of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra in Carbondale to prepare for this weekend’s fall concert on Sunday.
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The Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra is hosting a free Sunday concert in Carbondale featuring an assortment of diverse music performed by students from across the valley.

“We definitely encouraged young musicians to come to the concert,” said Sarah Graf, executive director of the orchestra and cello teacher artist.

The fall concert brings together nearly 60 young musicians aged 6-18 from across the Roaring Fork Valley to perform a range of classical and traditional music.



“It really is a great opportunity for families and small children to come here to hear their friends or other children of all ages play an instrument because it can be really inspiring,” she said. . “A lot of kids ended up joining the orchestra that way.”

That is, once they have worked on their skills and shown the dedication to being an active musician overall.



“Learning to play an instrument takes dedication and effort, and the rewards are well worth it,” said Ross Kribbs, one of the three co-musical directors.

The fall concert will feature classical and traditional styles, including pieces by Vivaldi, tunes with traditional Irish fiddles, and even the Youth Orchestra’s Sidewalk Strings playing some of the traditional Mexican dances they performed. with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico dancers for Día de los Muertos in Carbondale last week.

“The Preparatory String Orchestra and our band called Musica, who are even more beginner-level students, will play together in the first part of the concert,” Graf said.

They will interpret Vivaldi Autumn of Four Seasons and the Irish washerwoman. They will also play the traditional and more classical repertoire including Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which was featured in Disney Fancy.

The program also includes the lush, languid melody that winds through The old boatmanby African-American composer Florence Beatrice Price, according to a new statement.

The grand finale will feature the entire ensemble performing an energetic piece from Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite Jupiter.

The program advocates accessibility for young musicians, providing students with scholarships for tuition and fees, as well as access to a growing library of musical instruments. Rehearsals for the program take place after school in Aspen, Carbondale and New Castle.

This is the first time that many students have had the opportunity to play in an orchestra, Graf said.

“Creating music together adds elements of teamwork, communication and camaraderie,” Kribbs added. “Students learn that they have won a gift they can give to others – anytime, anywhere, and forever.”

The next concert after this weekend will be on the first Friday.

For more information, visit RFYO.org.

Nine-year-old Abelito E. is training with other young members of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra in Carbondale to prepare for this weekend’s fall concert on Sunday.
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