The Canyons Youth Symphony is gearing up for an encore performance with the American West Symphony.
The Youth Symphony of about 80 sixth- through ninth-graders are practicing an arrangement of Giaochino Rossini’s William Tell Overture, which they’ll perform with the all-volunteer, Sandy-based American West Symphony in a joint concert April 22 at 7 p.m. at Butler Middle School.
“I feel it is a great opportunity for our students to see they can continue to express themselves through music during their whole lifetime. They become more aware of performance opportunities beyond high school and college and that will motivate them to practice more,” Canyons Art Consortium Chairwoman Sharee Jorgensen said.
The Canyons Youth Symphony is an audition-only after-school program. Its conductors are Jenni Perkins, Albion Middle; Keith Davis, Butler Middle; and Lena Wood, Midvale Middle. The American West Symphony directed by Joel Rosenberg.
“Of all the community outreach we do, the mentorship with the Canyons Youth Symphony is the one our musicians enjoy the most,” said American West Symphony Board Chairwoman Charlotte Jordan. “The proud smiling faces of the young musicians show the incredible power of sharing the gift of music.”