October 8, 2009 in Washington Voices



Spokane Youth Symphony hosted O’Connor

I very much enjoyed “Still fiddling, just for the fun of it” in Thursday’s North Voice (Oct. 1) by Pia Hallenberg Christensen. It is inspiring to read of Marge McFaul’s wonderful experience with Mark O’Connor. Of course his name jumped from the page as it was the Spokane Youth Symphony and Spokane Scholars that were the entities that brought Mark to town in April of 2008. However, Marge McFaul was quoted as saying that he was here in town performing with the “symphony.”

Mark came to town to be the master of ceremonies at the awards banquet hosted by Spokane Scholars as well as performing with each of the four progressive orchestras of the Spokane Youth Symphony. Those who attended still speak of that concert as Mark’s performances were composed for the levels of each ensemble, allowing all our young musicians the opportunity to perform with this incredible violinist.

The Spokane Youth Symphony also arranged for Mark to conduct a workshop at EWU, which McFaul attended. EWU is where the youth symphony has its summer camp.

We are proud to make alliances with other great institutions like EWU and Spokane Scholars in order to expose our youth and community to the likes of Mark O’Connor, and it’s important to receive credit where credit is due.

The Spokane Youth Symphony is 60 years old this season and it is time it is recognized as the regional institution it has become.

David Hollingshead

Executive director, Spokane Youth Symphony

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