Last season, when proms, sports, concerts, restaurants, movie theaters, and all kinds of activities that keep our children occupied and connected with their friends were closed, YOGC made a decision. We decided not to be yet another closed door for them. Our board and staff gathered data from international studies, the CDC, and local physicians to figure out what precautions we needed to take in order to hold safe, in-person rehearsals for our students. It took some time, a couple of outdoor tests, and a lot of help from our friends at the Trade Center and Schwob School of Music, but we figured it out. On October 5, 2020, YOGC welcomed 55 of our students back to rehearsal together. The details were different, but the camaraderie, music, and eagerness to learn and create were the same. On December 5, 2020, and May 1, 2021, YOGC’s musicians shared their talents with their friends, family, and our community during our outdoor performances.
Last season was all about being able to do something safe and musical for our musicians. This season, we’re doing more. YOGC is providing pieces of normalcy while still keeping our young musicians safe. We’ve returned to our rehearsal home in Schwob while staying in touch with our friends at the Trade Center (Did you see our October 2th concert there??). We’ve brought back our sectional coaches, chamber groups, and indoor concerts where our musicians only worry about playing the music, not whether the wind is going to blow it off their stand. We’re also collaborating in some big ways this spring. Check out Dreams for Change on February 13th, a collaborative benefit concert for YOGC, Voices of the Valley Childrens Chorus, and The Columbus Ballet. We’re wrapping up this comeback season with an electric two-day residency and concert with Emmy-winning composer and internationally-known electric violinist Mark Wood.
Are you ready to make an impact on local children’s lives? Every dollar you, your family members, your friends, your colleagues, and your company donates directly supports children just like your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild. Your gift will support YOGC’s String and Orchestra Program, Tuition Assistance, Whitewater Music Festival, Chamber Music Program, Bradley-Turner Instrument Program, and the Summer String Camp. These programs combined will reach at least 455 children this year. Most of our musicians participate in more than one of our programs throughout the year, increasing your support’s impact.