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Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra to End Season with World Premiere

Posted February 26, 2018 in Press Releases

LORAIN COUNTY, OH— After selling a record 682 tickets at their Winter Concerts in January, the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is moving to a larger concert hall to accommodate their growing audience.

The organization’s final concert of the season, the Spring Concert, will take place Sunday, March 25th at 3:30 p.m. in Finney Chapel in Oberlin, Ohio. All four NOYO ensembles — the Amati Strings, Sinfonietta Strings, Wind Symphony, and Philharmonia Orchestra — will perform individually before combining forces to play Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged by Daniel Walter) as a 160-piece orchestra.

Conductor David Pope will also lead Philharmonia Orchestra, NOYO’s most advanced ensemble, in the world premiere performance of Blue Marble by NOYO’s composer in residence, Soomin Kim, a composition student at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

“Working with NOYO has been a fantastic experience – I met amazing and talented musicians and learned so much from them. But most of all, I was so fascinated by the positive energy that the musicians were emanating", says Kim. “I felt so much passion, support and love that reminded me of my childhood when I used to play music for my loved ones, not only because I loved music but also because I loved seeing them happy. Although I am on the opposite side of the planet from my family and friends now, it is a small world like they say and, no matter where I go, I will only be half a day away from them. “The Blue Marble” is my way of saying how lucky we are to be alive on this tiny planet and giving thanks to those who have supported me wherever I was.”

Other works on the program include Alan Lee Silva’s Luminescene (Amati Strings), Richard Meyer’s Pi Tunes and Johann Johannsson’s Theory of Everything arranged by Robert Longfield (Sinfonietta Strings), Frank Ticheli’s Shaker Gift Song (Wind Symphony), selections from Brahms’s Hungarian Dances (Philharmonia Orchestra) and more.

The concert begins at 3:30 p.m. in Finney Chapel in Oberlin (90 N. Professor St). Tickets are available at or at the door. General admission door prices are $10, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. Children 3-years-old and under are free of charge. For more information, please visit or call 440-775-3059.

NOYO Spring Concert will be available to stream online by searching ‘web events’ at

The Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a regional orchestral training program for young musicians ages 8-18 based at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. NOYO’s ensembles include the Amati Strings, Wind Symphony, Sinfonietta Strings, Rhythm & Brass, and Philharmonia Orchestra, all which perform several major concerts in world-class concert halls each season.

NOYO provides unique opportunities that go beyond performing the standard orchestral literature. Our students routinely premiere newly commissioned works, appear side by side with collegiate orchestras, and participate in large-scale multimedia collaborations with organizations such as the NEOS Center for Dance, MAD Factory, FAVA, and the Oberlin Choristers. In addition to producing innovative programs, NOYO’s musicians tour nationally and internationally to exchange musical and cultural ideas, form lifelong friendships, and expand their understanding of the broader world.

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