Young Artists Orchestra

July 4 – August 14, 2010

College of Fine Arts | School of Music

Ages 14 – 18

The Young Artists Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the finest programs for young musicians in the nation.  Under the guidance of professional conductors, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and BUTI artists/coaches, the program combines intensive study of instrumental literature with the opportunity to perform master works of the orchestral and chamber music repertoire.  Whether contemplating careers as professional musicians or developing their skills for the sheer pleasure of making music, BUTI instrumentalists find Tanglewood the experience of a lifetime.



This summer, 3 different and dynamic conductors will lead the Young Artists Orchestra:

Paul Haas returns to BUTI for his 4th consecutive summer to conduct the first concert of the season.  He most recently served as music director of the New York Youth Symphony and has appeared as the assistant conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  Other conducting engagements have included performances with the San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, and is a BUTI alumnus.

David Hoose, Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Boston University‚Äôs School of Music, leads the orchestra in the second concert of the summer.   Along with his position at BU, Professor Hoose is the Music Director for the Cantata Singers and Ensemble, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Collage New Music.  He has been a guest conductor with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Chamber Players.

Federico Cortese returns this summer to conduct the orchestra’s final concert.  Maestro Cortese is the newly appointed conductor for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and is now in   his 11th year as the Music Director and Conductor of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  He served as Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa from 1998-2002 and has also conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra.

Daily rehearsals of the orchestra are exhilarating, covering a varied repertoire of both standard and contemporary works.  Each concert is presented by the Young Artists Orchestra in a public concert on the Tanglewood Main Grounds in either Ozawa Concert Hall, or the legendary Koussevitzky Music Shed.

Orchestral techniques, balance, texture, interpretation, and historical background are all addressed in the context of the full orchestra and in separate sectional rehearsals.  Seating in each section rotates with every concert.


Chamber Music

Chamber music provides an important and dynamic complement to the orchestral experience.  Coached by experienced artist faculty members, students are assigned to chamber music groups for preparation and presentation of various works on the Tanglewood Main Grounds as well as throughout the Berkshire community.  Guest Artists from the BSO and TMC faculty are frequently on hand to coach chamber music as well.  Master class guests in chamber music have included Lynn Harrell, Daniel Muller-Schott, John Harbison, Norman Fischer, James Buswell, and Marc Johnson.


Master classes and Question & Answer Sessions

Solo repertoire and technique are given special attention in guest master classes as well as question and answer session with BSO guest artists.  Q & A sessions in past summers have included visits with Joshua Bell, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Christian Tetzlaff, and Daniel Hope.

Weekly master classes have been given by disinguished artists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Lynn Harrell, Daniel Muller-Schott, David Krauss, Kim Kashkashian, Richie Hawley, Adam Luftman, Norman Fischer, James Buswell, Bayla Keyes, Michelle LaCourse, and Peter Zazofsky. 

BSO players also are available to BUTI students for master classes.  Recent BSO master class artists include: Edwin Barker, John Ferrillo, Robert Sheena, Rick Ranti, Tim Genis, Mike Roylance, Daniel Katzen, Ronald Barron, Tom Martins, James Sommerville, Richard Sebring, Ikuko Mizuno, Steve Ansell, William Hudgins, Ben Levy, and Owen Young.