Who are we?

We are a group of kids from South Florida, ranging in ages from 8 - teen years. We meet weekly for rehearsals and perform special concerts throughout the year. We perform classical music, melodies from musicals, Christmas carols, and traditional American songs.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Today's rehearsal

See you all tonight for the rehearsal.  Beginner YASO starts at 4:00 and Advanced YASO starts at 4:45.  Dinner is at 6:00.  Bring your favorite food and we will enjoy it together.  Following the dinner, we will have a short business meeting.  Young musicians may attend this.
Love you all,

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dinner cancellation!

There will NOT be YASO rehearsal or dinner tomorrow night!  One family is ill, another is
scheduled for an important event, neither Bill or Peggy is able to be at the dinner.  So...don't forget
the concert at Florida State Collegenext Thursday - Feb. 6.  Amy Finke has all the tickets that you purchased.
They need to be given together at the door so we will meet and go in together.  I'll send more information
on that in a couple days.  This is the  Philharmonic orchestra with Sarina Zhang, cello/piano soloist. 

We will plan the first rehearsal and dinner on the following Thursday - Feb. 13. 
Please let me know if you receive this.  I want to be sure everyone gets the message.

Love, Diane

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dinner on Thursday

Dear young musicians and families,
This Thursday is the first rehearsal of the new semester.  We will have a shortened rehearsal, followed by a dinner.
Bring you favorite "share" meal and dessert.  Margaret Sager will be in charge of setting up the food and perhaps everyone could help set up the tables after the rehearsal.  We will plan to eat at 5:30.  Following the dinner, I will have a  meeting with the parents and discuss some plans for a beginning orchestra and regular YASO.  Peggy, Bill and I met over lunch for discuss the new schedule and also plans for a scholarship program available to students.  We will discuss the requirements for these scholarships.  The Lord has blessed us with donations and our fund raising concerts and I believe that money should go back to those students who are eligible.  You will be given a list of the requirements for these scholarships and there will be time for some suggestions and questions from you, as well.  Already, it has been suggested that we have a spring concert at the Circle Theatre again.  I need your input on that so we can book the theatre in advance.

I am hoping my  beginner students and families will attend this dinner.  Having a beginner orchestra will provide new students with a way to learn so they can eventually join the main orchestra.  Also, it will make it possible for YASO to learn more challenging music for the more advanced students. 

If you receive this email, you are included. This will include beginners of Bill and Peggy, and Ashley, as well.  Please make this Thursday a priority on your list.  I know a couple of you are moving, or have moved already, but if you can make it to the dinner, we want you to come. 

I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you will be coming.  I am providing the drinks and the church is providing the paper goods. 

See you all on Thursday.  The regular YASO rehearsal begins at 4:00 and the dinner is at 5:30.

Love you all,

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Next rehearsal Jan. 30

Dear young musicians and families,
On Friday Peggy, Bill, and I had a lunch meeting concerning YASO.  Our first rehearsal of the year will beon January 30 at 4:00.  After a shortened rehearsal, we will have a dinner.  You have asked about that, and it would be so nice to relax and visit with one another. After receiving calls and e-mails from you, we have decided to change the rehearsal to Thursdays.  Friday is no longer an option.  Both teachers are available on most Thursdays, so that will be a great help, also. We discussed new music and the start-up of a beginning orchestra. This will give opportunity for the each musician to play more at their level. Details of how that will work will be given in a short meeting with families after our dinner.    I thought it was so nice to have you bring your favorite food at our last dinner.  We had Indian food, Syrian food, and other wonderful food - so feel free to surprise us.

We are  working on a scholarship program for the students and discussed the requirements.  One of the requirements is regular attendance at rehearsals.  We will discuss this at the dinner, as well, and give you other requirements to be eligible.  The Lord has blessed YASO with  money that we want to be used to help serious students in their music studies.
Please be sure to mark January 30on your calendar.  We will plan dinner for about 5:30.  Let me know if that works for you.

Another date to mark down isFebruary 6 at Florida State College in Avon Park.  It is the Orlando Philharmonic, featuring Sarina Zhang, a pianist and cellist. You already purchased tickets for that performance and we have reserved seats.  I will be in touch with the lady who will be working on getting our group to "a meet and greet" with Philharmonic members so you can speak to them personally.

I believe this will be a good year for our kids.  I am privileged to work with you wonderful families, and I know
Bill and Peggy feel exactly the same way.

My Love,

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Schedule for Upcoming Concerts

Dear Young Musicians,
The last regular rehearsal will be this Friday from 4-6 - we may run a little over for the advanced ensemble. 

Dress Rehearsal is on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:00 at the Sebring Circle Theater.  DON'T FORGET YOUR MUSIC.  The theater is right ON the circle.  The address on
the tickets is for their office and is incorrect.  You won't miss it if you look right on the Circle. You do not have to
dress up for this rehearsal. Please be sure to be there.  Be sure to let Ms. Margaret know how many tickets you have sold by that time.  Please SELL! SELL! SELL!  We would like to fill up the 5:30 concert.

On Thursday, December 19, please be at the Circle Theater NO LATER than 4:30 - 4:45.  The doors will open for that concert at 5:00 and we need to be tuned and ready.
There will probably only be about 20 minutes between concerts to eat something, so bring a sack lunch or snack.  The doors for the7:00 concert will open at 6:30.
After the concert, there are a number of places and decorations right there if you would like to visit with friends and family.  We will need to be out of the theater as
quickly as possible after the guests leave so they can lock up, so plan any visiting or eating elsewhere. 

We had thought of having a dinner at a place nearby, but decided it would be too late for a school night.  We will plan a fellowship and dinner sometime after the first of the year in place of a rehearsal.  That way everyone can be there and we can visit and relax.

Be sure to dress formally in black.  Boys: wear a black suit with white shirt or a black tuxedo.  Girls: wear black dressy pants/skirt and black blouse, or a black dress.
Ridge Florist is providing all the girls with red corsages and the boys with red boutonnieres.  The theater is decorated beautifully. 
I love you and your families.  You make me feel so honored to be a part of your lives.
If you have any questions, be sure to call me.