The Santa Rosa Symphony's Youth Orchestra has been named the 2013 "Youth Orchestra of the Year" by the Classics Alive Foundation headed by American violinist Lindsay Deutsch.
The orchestra won $500 plus a master class with Deutsch for their responses to a questionnaire about their involvement with music and how it has contributed to their wholeness as a person.
"To be named Youth Orchestra of the year is such a great honor," said Dr. Richard Loheyde, conductor of the youth orchestra. "I could not be more proud of our hard-working young musicians."
Founded in 2007, the Classics Alive Foundation supports young musicians and builds classical music audiences through unique, interactive methods. The mission of the youth orchestra challenge is to encourage orchestra members to think more deeply about the role music plays in their lives.
The Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra, one of five levels of Santa Rosa Symphony youth ensembles, is composed of 50 musicians, ages 13 to 21.
In the past few years, the orchestra completed a European tour and was among the first ensembles to perform at the Weill Hall at the Green Music Center. Highlights of upcoming seasons include a weeklong residency with violinist Midori and an international tour.
The youth orchestra is highlighted on the Classics Alive Foundation website at www.classicsalive.org.