Third annual Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival

The Tigard High School String Orchestra will be among five state high school orchestras participating in the third annual Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival in Newport at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 26, and at Newport Middle School on April 27, at 7:30 p.m. both days. (Courtesy photo)

Five Oregon high school string orchestras will be descending on Newport for four days of live community youth symphony concerts, creative workshops, clinics to instill a drive for excellence and to inspire Oregon classical music students to be musicians for a lifetime.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival will take place in Newport April 25 through April 28. Oregon high school orchestras and the special guest, the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra, are in Newport for three days of workshops, instructional sessions, mentoring and free public concerts featuring the all the orchestras. Besides the Willamette University Chamber, the high schools attending include Tigard, West Linn, Pendleton, North Salem and Grants Pass.

The festival's opening concert, featuring the Pendleton and Grants Pass High school orchestras followed by the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Newport Performing Arts Center. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Newport Middle School gym, there will be performances by the North Salem, Tigard and West Linn high school orchestras, followed by a grand finale featuring all six high school orchestra students coming together in a mass performance.

Music Directors and workshop leaders are Adam Flatt, the long time conductor of the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean, and special guest conductor Helen Cha-Pyo, artistic director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley, N.J. and the music director and conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

The Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival is a unique event for young high school classical music students from all over Oregon. The festival is endorsed by all six major Oregon symphony orchestras, including the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Oregon East Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Corvallis-OSU Symphony and Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean.