CMCB Student Chosen for National Youth Orchestra

March 4th, 2014 in Event/News with NO COMMENTS

Reuben Stern, a bassoon student at Community Music Center of Boston and a 10th grader at Boston University Academy, has been chosen to play in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO).

Each summer, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute brings together 120 of the brightest young players from across the country to form the NYO. Following a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these young musicians embark on a tour to some of the great music capitals of the world including:  Tanglewood Music Festival, An Appalachian Summer Festival (North Carolina), Grant Park Music Festival (Chicago, IL), Grand Teton Music Festival (Teton, WY); Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA and culminating at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA.

Reuben studies with CMCB at the Boston Latin School Satellite location under the tutelage of Janet Underhill.  Reuben began playing the bassoon only 4 years ago at the age of 11.  Reuben said that he first saw the bassoon being played at a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance and thought it looked different and had a unique and cool sound, “I wanted to try it,” Reuben said, “So I asked my middle school music teacher if I could play it.” Since then, he grew a strong liking to the instrument and started studying privately with Underhill.

“CMCB has helped me to grow as a performer. I have had the opportunity to compete in the Lapin Competition, perform in recitals for the first time, and be a part of a community where there are a lot of musicians that are helpful and supportive.”

In November, Reuben sent in his NYO audition materials which included an audition tape, a written application, and a video answer to a question about his instrument.  On February 7, Reuben heard that from over 4000 applicants, he was one of 120 students selected for the Orchestra.

“I have had a strong affinity to music since I was five when I auditioned for the Boston Children’s Chorus and I have been studying music at some level ever since. It helps me to distress and I love the emotional and physical connection you can have to things through music.”

CMCB congratulates Reuben on this tremendous accomplishment! 

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