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The MYSO Newsletter

The MYSO Messenger is released several times a year. Intended primarily for MYSO members, this newsletter provides important information about rehearsals, concerts, fundraising, and scholarships.

MYSO Calendar

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MYSO Handbook

All members are expected to comply with the guidelines in the MYSO Handbook.

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MYSO Concerto/Composition Competition

NOTE: The Concerto/Composition Competition is suspended for the 2014-2015 Season.

Each year, MYSO hosts a Solo Concerto/Original Composition Competition to identify a talented and deserving member to perform a concerto or a composer to have their work for orchestra performed, in concert, with MYSO. The purpose of this document is to serve as a guide, checklist, and application for MYSO members who want to audition for this esteemed award.

Previous winners include:
2014 Meagan Barnett, Viola, Romanze Op. 85 for viola and orchestra, Max Bruch
2014 Max O’Mary, Clarinet, Concerto No. 1 in F minor, mvt. 1, Carl Maria von Weber
2013 Timothy Fuqua, Clarinet, Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26, Carl Maria von Weber
2012 Thomas Ridgway, Piano, Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, Beethoven
2012 Keegan Bosch (composition), Heaven and Hell
2011 no winner
2010 Niamh Stapleton, Flute, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra no.2 in D Major, Mozart
2009 Renée Vogen, Horn, Concerto No.2 for Horn and Orchestra in E-flat major, Mozart
2008 Jessica Ondracek Cello, Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Saint-Saëns
2007 Brittany Walker, Bassoon, Grand Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in F Major, Hummel
2006 Melissa Withers, Piano, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 54 Schumann
2005 Colleen Anderson, Flute, Concertino for Flute in D Major, Op.107 Chaminade

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MYSO rehearses each Wednesday evening, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Rehearsals begin in late August and continue until early June of the next year. The rehearsal location is Ives Hall, an auditorium on the second floor of the Philip Lynch Theater/Oremus Fine Arts Building, Lewis University, IL Rt. 53, Romeoville.

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The Philip Lynch Theatre/Oremus Fine Arts Building is on the northwest corner of the campus, across the street from the Lewis University Airport. Directions to Lewis University are available here.

Nancy Denton Memorial Summer Music Camp Scholarship

This monetary scholarship of $200.00 will be awarded at the May concert to one MYSO member. To be eligible the musician must write a proposal and submit it to Mrs. Nogal. A panel of judges will make the decision. The musician must be in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and must be returning to MYSO in the fall. The musician must be attending a summer camp for the instrument that they play in MYSO. In the written proposal the musician should state why they chose this particular camp, what benefits they plan to receive from attendance and what goals they have for themselves during this music camp experience.The winning musician will be required to write a thank you note to the Denton family.