The Fairbanks Youth Symphony provides a full symphonic experience for all advanced level string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Most players are in high school. The Youth Symphony plays fully scored orchestral works. The emphasis of this group is to expose members to the richness of the orchestral literature and to continue to enhance their playing and musical skills. Again the emphasis is on cooperation and teamwork with a high expectation of commitment from the members. Seating is determined by the conductor through the audition process in the Fall. Members joining midseason will be auditioned but may be seated in the back of the section. Seating is based solely on the judgment of the conductor and decisions are final.
Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to noon with a snack break midway through the rehearsal. (The conductor asks that all players arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so that rehearsal can start on time.) Rehearsals are at West Valley High School.
Conductor Bryan Emmon Hall
Dr. Bryan Emmon Hall is our conductor for the Youth Symphony. Dr. Hall has enjoyed success as both a violinist and teacher. He has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China. Dr. Hall has performed extensively in the United States and abroad as a chamber, orchestra, violinist, violist, and conductor. Dr. Hall is a very passionate teacher who began teaching privately while still in high school. In Cincinnati, he taught violin and school orchestra for numerous elementary, middle, and high schools in the area where he started over 200 new violin students. Bryan has a passion for teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Bryan Hall held the position of Violin Teaching Assistant for the totality of his graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his collegiate teaching duties, he also taught in the UT Austin String Project at the pre-college level. Recently Dr. Hall has joined the faculty at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks as the violin/viola professor and pedagogy coordinator. He also serves as Concertmaster of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, and as the conductor for the UAF Northern Lights String Orchestra.
The Fairbanks Youth Concert Orchestra provides a full orchestra experience for intermediate level string, wind, brass, and percussion players. The goals of this orchestra include an entry level experience of orchestral playing, enhanced ensemble skills with an emphasis on cooperation, increased ease of sight-reading and rhythmic skills, and engendering a sense of pride in the group as a whole. Seating in this orchestra is at the discretion of the conductor. The conductor can change the seating arrangement at any time. The attempt with seating is to achieve a full and balanced sound for the orchestra. String players should have some experience with shifting for this group, and wind players should know the fingerings for a chromatic scale for the range of their instrument. Most musicians in this group have been playing at least 3 years.
Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:45 am with a snack break midway through the rehearsal. (The conductor asks that all players arrive 10 to 15 minutes early so that rehearsal can start on time.) Rehearsals are held in the Great Hall of the UAF fine arts complex.
Conductor Bobb Lockwood
Robert (Bobb) Lockwood was born in Central Wisconsin and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. From a very young age, music was always an important part of Bobb's life. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Anoka Ramsey Community College before attending the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Mr. Lockwood moved to Alaska in 2008 to take a job with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. He is currently teaching band, orchestra, jazz, choir, guitar, and world music at Randy Smith Middle School, where he has been working for the last 9 years. Mr. Lockwood is an active performer in the Fairbanks Community. He has played euphonium in the Fairbanks community band, guitars and mandolin for the Fairbanks Light Opera Theater, and is currently playing tuba with the UAF Symphonic band . Bobb received the BP Teacher of Excellence award in 2013.
The Fairbanks Youth String Orchestra is an entry level group for beginning level string players with some sight reading ability. Musicians should have at least one year experience with their instrument. The emphasis of the group is to develop ensemble playing skills, increase sight reading skills, and develop a cooperative spirit where every player realizes their importance to the whole. Seating is based on music reading ability, physical comfort (player's size), and balance of sound. Emphasis in seating is placed on cooperation and offering a range of experience. Two balanced violin sections are striven for with both sections being given some "first" violin and some "second" violin parts. Seating is at the discretion of the conductor. Rehearsals are held on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am with a snack break midway through the rehearsal. (The conductor asks that all players arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for tuning.) The rehearsals are held at the UAF fine arts complex, music building room 217.
Conductor Ryan Fitzpatrick
Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2013, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Education. He has been an active member in orchestras across Illinois and Indiana. He served as principal cellist for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has attained his masters degree in music from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the Indiana University Pre-College String Academy, and the Indiana University Fairview Violin Project under the direction of ASTA president, Dr. Brenda Brenner. From January to May of 2013, Mr. Fitzpatrick taught at both Concord Junior High and High School in Elkhart, Indiana, and at the Assumption Senior Girls' National School in Ireland. He is currently a cello instructor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and principal cellist of the Fairbanks Symphony.
The Fairbanks Youth Wind Ensemble is an entry level band for wind, brass and percussion players with some music reading ability. The emphasis of the group is to develop ensemble playing skills, increase sight reading skills, and play exciting music. You should have played at least one year in your school's ensemble before auditioning for this group. Continued participation in your school's band is strongly encouraged. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30-8 PM. (The conductor asks that all players arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for tuning.) The rehearsals are held at the UAF fine arts complex, music building room 301.
Conductor Campbell Longworth
Campbell Longworth grew up in Southeast Alaska, and is a graduate of UAF music education program. He is currently the director of band and orchestra at Ryan Middle School. As an active member of our community music groups, he has a deep love of learning new instruments and connecting with other musicians. He believes working with and in a variety of musical mediums gives a unique perspective on the the interrelation of instruments, groups and personal styles.