Recently we heard from PYSO Alum, David Singer. Mr. Singer was a member PYSO from 1966-1970 and played principal clarinet. He is now retired, after 40+ years in Public School Education, as a k-post secondary teacher and a school principal. During that time he continued as a practicing musician playing in orchestras, bands, and jazz ensembles.

Here is what Mr. Singer had to say about PYSO’s effect on his life, and some of his memories from that time.

“What I remember most about the experience with the PSYO was the dedication and high quality of musicianship exhibited by members of the orchestra.Some favorite memories include the staunch and unwavering support provided by Marie Maazel, the orchestra’s executive director at the time.

Other memories include playing at the worlds fair in Montreal, performing Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist, Patricia Prattis Jennings, Philip Spurgeon, conductor, Rachmaninoff‘s Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini with pianist Michael Abramovic, and the performance of Shostakovich Fifth Symphony under the direction of Michael Semanitsky.

My experience as principal Clarinet in the PYSO, from 1966 – 1970 greatly contributed to my musical training and to building other important skills needed to be successful in life.”

Thank you so much to David Singer for sharing his PYSO experiences with us!

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