James A. Veith, a middle school string instrument teacher in the Middletown School system, founded the Middletown Youth Symphony (MYS) in 1970. The program was designed to complement and supplement the instructional area of the school music program. The orchestra provided an opportunity to master skills necessary for full orchestral experience.
Middletown Youth Symphony has experienced regional growth with talented young musicians from five counties comprising the full orchestra and chamber ensembles.
Lucy Firlie Ginther has a diverse musical career in the Tri-State region. As a professional violist and a doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she has enjoyed the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most distinguished names in music of all kinds. This begins with beloved and eminent teachers such as Jeffrey K. Irvine of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Robert Vernon, Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra and professor at the Julliard School of Music, Masao Kawasaki of CCM and Juliard, and Dr. Catherine Carroll, String Department Chair at CCM. As a soloist, Ms. Ginther has held the spotlight with many groups- the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Wright State Chamber Orchestra and the High Plains Music Camp Faculty Chamber Orchestra, to name but a few. She has been invited to perform solo recitals on the Xavier University Faculty Artists Series and the Miami University Guest Artist Recital Series. As a chamber musician, Ms. Ginther has been featured in various settings such as the Dayton Art Institute Twilight Concerts, High Plains Music Camp Faculty Artist Series, Jefferson Academy Chamber Music Series and Grand Piano Chamber Music Series in Columbus, and the College-Conservatory of Music Faculty Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Ginther performs regularly with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. As director of the Middletown Youth Symphony, Ms. Ginther relishes the opportunity to share her knowledge and enjoyment of the world of music with young people in the Middletown area.
Rehearsals: Monday evening, 6:00 – 8:00 at the Middletown Arts Center
For info about participating in MYS, please contact Lucy Firlie at 513-571-1766
Youth Symphony student showcase at 7:00 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
2013/2014 dates to be announced