Wheatland-Chili student Erik Schroeder was selected as a member of the 2018-2019 Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO), the highest-level youth orchestra in The Hochstein School’s five-tier youth orchestra program.
Schroeder, a senior, plays the violin in the HYSO. He is a percussionist in the Wheatland-Chili High School Band, has taken Advanced Placement Music Theory, and participates in the spring musicals.
Students compete annually for a seat in the orchestra, performing professional repertoire in at least four concerts throughout the school year. The HYSO’s first concert of the year was Sunday, November 11 in Hochstein Performance Hall. The program included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, selections from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Bruch’s Kol Nidrei (with the RPO’s Tigran Vardanyan as violin soloist), Rakoczy March from Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, and the last two movements of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
This season, The Hochstein School has students from 24 different schools coming together every Saturday morning for an accelerated musical experience. Since 2000, the HYSO has performed in cities in Spain, Portugal, Austria, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, and Ireland. The orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2002.