This past July TJ Wible (Flute 2002-05) finished performing in Austria for two weeks with the Grafenegg Academy Orchestra just outside of Vienna. “The last time I was there was with the PYSO Tour in 2005… so many wonderful memories!”
TJ is pictured above with PYSO Alumni Eleanor Lee (cello 2007-11) and Kelly Mozeik (oboe 2006-08) who have been performing together for the past few years with The Orchestra Now.
TJ writes, “My time in the Hudson Valley has come to a close after my three year position with The Orchestra Now. I just moved to DC and am starting my DMA at the University of Maryland where I’m also the recipient of a fellowship to perform in the resident woodwind quintet. Still forever grateful for all… PYSO did for me during my high school years…hope to cross paths again soon!”
Ross Snyder (violin 1999-2003) is approaching approaching 10 years performing with the Tesla Quartet, which he founded as a graduate student at Juilliard in 2008. They have a busy touring schedule that takes them all over the world. In the last two year’s they’ve performed in China, South Korea, Germany, the UK, Hungary, and later this year they’ll be making their first trip to Brazil. They’ve recorded two albums recently, the first of which will be released on Orchid Classics this September!
Part of the quartet’s work takes place in North Carolina, where they serve as principals of the Western Piedmont Symphony. Much of the repertoire they’ve performed there over the last few years Ross first encountered as a violinist in PYSO almost 20 years ago! (My goodness has it been 20 years?!)
Ross writes of his PYSO experiences, “It was a fantastic ensemble with great players and conductors. The repertoire was always challenging and rewarding. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot about playing in an orchestra with professional standards…Playing Respighi’s Pines of Rome and being immersed in the huge brass sound that envelops the hall from all corners…Playing a string quartet with my colleagues and staying after orchestra rehearsal for quartet rehearsals and coachings…When I entered the New England Conservatory for my undergraduate degree in violin performance, I had a confidence in my abilities and knowledge of orchestral repertoire and etiquette that not all of my peers shared. Because of the training in both orchestral and chamber music playing I received while a member of PYSO, I appreciated the many different avenues of music making that were available to me later on. I also learned the social value of a youth orchestra as a way of connecting young people who share a particular passion.”
Michael Tsang (Piano 2008-11) has been busy finishing his Doctor in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and will be graduating in May 2019. In May 2016 he not only finished his undergraduate dual-degree program between Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western University in Piano and Biology, but also received a Masters in Music (piano) in the over-lap program at CIM! Although he auditioned for (and was happy to be accepted at) a few different DMA programs, he had become interested in the field of performing arts and musician injuries after knowing friends and colleagues who struggled with performance injuries. He decided to move in a different direction which is how he came to where he is now.
He continues to play piano and to perform in St. Louis and also teaches piano. He eventually would like to work in an orthopedic setting, treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions/injuries. He would like to specialize in the performing arts field and hopes he can make a difference by helping other musicians and performing artists.
What Michael took away from his PYSO experience? “Simply being a part of the orchestra and contributing to the whole musical experience. Also making so many great friendships and memories, and being able to rehearse and perform in the wonderful Heinz Hall!…Italy Concert Tour of 2011! And having the opportunity to perform outdoors in Zavattarello, San Gimignano, Montecatini, and Florence!…As a pianist, it is difficult to be involved in the orchestral scene. However, PYSO has given me the opportunity to be a part of this collaborative ensemble experience which is crucial to becoming a complete musician…I got to experience the fantastic repertoire that orchestral music has to offer! I learned to really listen and respond to the musicians around me, and my time in PYSO helped provide such a great foundation for all of my future collaborative and chamber music performances at Cleveland Institute of Music and music festivals. It has been one of the most rewarding musical experiences I have had in my life, and I miss collaborating with all of the talented musicians in the Pittsburgh area!”